Position IV | Missiekapel Heythuysen
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Position IV in Heythuysen is a sculptural installation made of red clothing. It came in various stages during the three-month exhibition period, eventually leading to a group of three sculptures. The composition refers to Christian sculpture and painting, but the work can be viewed from several cultural and social frameworks. This work comes in a series of installations that have been on display at various locations since 2012. The use of materials is discarded red clothing, to which various underlying social aspects are associated. For example, exploitation, throwaway culture and destruction of nature. But each of the works has its own charge. Visitors and passers-by were able to follow the different stages for three months and discover a course, as in a film. Only the moments are visible over a longer time span and each phase has its own expressiveness. The normally static fact of sculpture has been broken with this installation. This is in line with the artists general working method and the fact that everything is in motion and changeable, including experience and interpretation.
The chapel is closed with a glass wall so anybody could come and see, night and day. It's actually a public space art project and an intervention because it’s relationship with the space and place. A kind of sculptural graffiti.
Position IV - 2
The first arrangement evolved into a new one: A second figure was added, which changed the position of the first drastically.
Position IV - 3
In the third and final phase, a last figure came to the scene. this means there's no longer two individuals in relationship; now it's a group. This doesn't change the position of the first two, but it does change the situation as a whole, which allows to view the sculpture group from a completely new perspective.
In addition to the installation #Position IV is linked to the project. The hashtag is used on social media and brings together all kinds of messages in which the term is relevant for the topic. Together they show a contemporary picture of a highly hierarchical society characterised by (gender) inequality. A selection is brought together as a time document in a smartphone-sized video. It can be understood in relation to the sculptural installation or independently. But also as a document that defines the various meanings and social context of 'position' worldwide.
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