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".


2018 middlegate ii geel photo m hkacc 40 image: (c) M HKA, Collection M HKA, Antwerp / Collection Flemish Community
AL/IL/17, 2017
Installation , 65 x 100 x 150 cm
plaster, metal

This work consists of an isolated head that lies on a small cart, together with bags of cement that could also be small pillows. The installation appears to still be part of the studio. The head is battered, partially dirty and coloured pink, and it shows both physical and psychic injuries.