The exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a collaboration between M HKA (Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp) and the cultural centre de Werft in Geel. Middle Gate II is the follow up to the exhibition Middle Gate, curated by Jan Hoet in Geel in 2013. The exhibition concept is closely tied to the legend of the holy Dymphna, saint of the possessed, the mentally ill and patroness against epilepsy and insanity. The legend of Dymphna shares a strong connection to the identity of Geel, "the charitable city".

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK

172.defluff (c)image: AMVK
Object , 520 x 200 cm
Jacquard tapestry

"This jacquard carpet shows a hanging model in the mirrored image of a Parisian artist’s studio from the late 1950s. This way, a black entrance was created in the middle. In this context I am thinking of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square and his fixation on the Cosmos, on the one hand. And on the other hand, of the vagina dentata (the all-devouring vagina) and the prima materia. And on top of that, Nietzsches concept of ‘eternal return’."