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".

Nazanin Fakoor

Annoniem female
°1978
Born in Teheran, IR

The Iranian visual artist and scenographer Nazanin Fakoor is born in Teheran but grows up in Germany, where she studies theatre arts in Munich. Her subsequent education in scenography, at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and at the La Cambre School of Visual Arts in Brussels, lead her ever more to the border between theatre, literature and the visual arts.

In 2004 she meets the American avant-garde director Robert Wilson, who introduces her to his artistic laboratory in New York, where they work in a similarly integrated manner: Photography, performance, video, choreography, sound and light influence one another, as partial fragments of modern (visual) art. Fakoor is asked to participate in various cooperative projects and exhibitions, in theatres, museums and opera houses throughout the world, where she collaborates with Zhang Huang, Anish Kapoor and La Fura dels Baus.

Her drawings and visual installations are utopian approaches to reality, which are also located at the boundary between the recognisable and estranging, between truth and illusion.