Video Installation | Exhibition 'Lucas Gassel Revisited'

Video installation based upon a painting by Dutch painter Lucas Gassel (1490 - 1568), in particular  'Escape to Egypt'. The installation elaborates on 'Maria' as a child bride in a war zone within the patriarchal system, linking it to current times. These are worked out through performances and interactions with the artists daughter, a 14 year old teenager and two contemporary Dutch painters from the region. During the exhibition a fund raiser will take place on behalf of worldwide projects by Plan International in order to stop child marriages and provide girls with education and means to exist. 

Early marriage is a violation of children’s human rights. Despite being prohibited by international law, it continues to rob millions of girls under 18 around the world of their childhood. Early marriage denies girls their right to make vital decisions about their sexual health and well-being. It forces them out of education and into a life of poor prospects, with an increased risk of violence, abuse, ill health or early death. Girls married early are more likely to experience violence, abuse and forced sexual relations. They are more vulnerable to sexually transmitted infections (including HIV).

Going to school gives girls choices and opportunities in life, allowing them to play an active role in their communities and break the cycle of poverty. Girls who are married are unlikely to be in school. Education is essential for girls to be able to make informed decisions about their sexual health and well-being. 

The art project is still in development. Exhibition will take place May 17 until July 7 2020 at Cacaofabriek in Helmond. If you want to get involved or contribute in any way, please contact through the website.

UPDATE: because of the corona pandemie the exhibition is postponed until later this year. If you want to be informed about this exhibition please let me know through this link.

Digital edit of a photograph of the original painting.


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