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".

Vaast Colson

(c)image: M HKA
Barter, 2010
Multiple , 20 x 20 x 20 cm
ink, paper

In his work Vaast Colson concentrates on how an image comes into being, the methods involved in visual language. The objects, materials, images, textures, colours, sounds and spaces that he makes use of, must serve the final art work. He fits his images like precise parts of a puzzle. For Colson, his sculptures are comparable to guitar-riffs: if they achieve their effect, they’re fine. He does not start from the premise of having to express specific emotions or subjects. Rather, it’s about having the work evoke thoughts and feelings. To continue the musical allusion, Colson cuts samples out of the world and mixes his own image-compositions with them.