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
You used to be part of something, 2005
wood, foam

You Used To Be Part Of Something (2005): a giant pink slice of styrofoam pie mounted on top of the wooden crate in which it travels, this sculpture is in fact part of a whole set of twelve pieces (multiples) scattered across the globe – a totality (“something”) that, in all likelihood, is never going to be regained. The work also operates as a cheerful jibe at the omnipresent aesthetic of the pie diagram as a (necessarily impoverished) symbol of societal cohesion.