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".


Some like it not 2x2 5m 2003 (c)image: M HKA
Some like it not, 2003
Painting , 200 x 250 x 4.5 cm
acrylic, chalk, canvas

The tranquillity of Wafae Ahalouch El Kerasti's drawings and paintings often reveal a disconcerting side of reality, and by letting as much detail as possible fall by the wayside, she reduces her work to its essence. The images are both fictional and realistic, layered with a humour that makes the perpetually covert violence bearable. In this way, the artist expresses her own experience with everyday existence's false bottom, where nothing is what it seems to be at first.