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".


Eilanden jurgenaddiers image: (c) Jurgen Addiers, Collectie M HKA, Antwerpen, Collectie Vlaamse Gemeenschap
Eilanden, 2016

The work Eilanden (Islands) consists of ten elegantly shaped organic surfaces in the ten colours characteristic of Van Snick's oeuvre (primary and secondary colours, the achromatic colours of white and black along with the gold and silver metallics), supplemented by three daytime and night islands in blue and black. The work symbolises a densely populated archipelago of clearly distinct geographical entities. The installation is displayed across the floor, but puzzlingly gives the impression of swallowing the room whole.