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

19781200n kl (c)image: AMVK
(kunst/wetenschap) = (logica/toekomst): Handtekening, 1978
Series , 55 x 52.5 cm
paint and felt tip on plexi

((art/science) = (logics/future): Signature)

"I worked on Plexiglas and PVC because it was a societal trend in the 1970s to reject plastic, since it didn’t perish. For me, plastic seemed to be the ideal medium to make art, precisely because of its perpetuity. I’ve always loved plastic, and I used it in an urge to make beautiful things. Yet I made things other people sometimes found ugly. There’s anger and a kind of protest in these works. I use signs that bear the future within themselves, I use new ways of thinking and representing, things which are autonomous. The notions of shape and colour, as separate entities, are being replaced. This is the beginning of a research on information."

− AMVK