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

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"In a satanic ritual the altar is a naked woman; my altar is a German woman on her knees, dressed in black leather. For five minutes she sits motionless until the music stops, she turns to the audience and speaks the final words of the ritual called “Tierdrama” in which at the end all the participants leave on all fours."


Actor: Rosi Kasseckert

Production: ICC Antwerp / Club Moral