The garden of Castle Geeraard the Duivelsteen is the setting for the 4th edition of Yart; contemporary installations in the (semi-) public space.
During six months this famous and notorious garden functions as a work- and exhibition platform for six selected young artists from home and abroad.
Every month another artist will use the garden and its ambivalent context to present a new work.
Kasteel Geeraard de Duivelsteen
Geraard de Duivelstraat 1
9000 Gent, België
Yart is an initiative of Thief In The Night, a collective that strives to create a variety of platforms in a surprising way for young artists.
Conceptual artist Zeli Bauwens (°1992) works on the everyday life. She’s fascinated by our Belgian way of living, in particular our culture of gardening. Her work often focuses on the way we manipulate nature and landscape. By transforming the function of ordinary objects, she reverse this human action in a poetic way. This manifests in a kind of recognisable memories with an intriguing surreal touch.www.zelibauwens.com
Bert Jacobs (°1987) is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the field of installation-art, sculptures, drawings, prints, multiples and editions. While working across a variety of media, Bert’s work touches on many relevant topics for today, such as the mechanisms of memory and intuition, imagination, collecting, scenography and drawing. In the framework of Yart Bert will join forces with Helen Aleksandrova.www.jacobsbert.be
Helena Aleksandrova (°1992) works primarily with the moving image, performance on camera and photography. She’s inspired by popular cultural and social phenomena as a platform for creating new ideas. Her work focuses on the visual gaze and the audience, and how to provoke this gaze with familiar or re-appropriated images to open a discussion.www.helena-aleksandrova.com
The work of Willem De Haan (°1996) can be seen as a humoristic tribute to the everyday life. Often Willem approach a serious and critical fact from a sculptural, interactive and funny position.www.willemdehaan.be
Jolien De Roo (°1988) doesn’t limit herself to a single medium, but brings together paintings, collages, sculptures and writings, outlining them by a strange combination of abstract and figurative elements. This way, ambiguous forms become figures inside the scenario of the image. By creating this universe of figures turning into characters, Jolien questions the relation between the presence and the absence of meaning.www.jolienderoo.be
Sofia Caesar (°1987) works primarily with videos, performances, sculptures, and installations. In her work the body in motion is a central theme. Together with the public she engages herself in seeing how the structures that act on us, such as architecture, language, or the camera, can be played with. Her work shows how bodies can escape the forces that control them, creating a language of their own.sofiacaesar.net
F.O.T.A. (in Favor Of The Artist) is a collective founded by Joris Kerremans (°1990) and Laurens Mariën (°1990). F.O.T.A. wants to develop structures/frameworks in which they act both as artist and curator. To collaborate and to support other artists is a necessary condition within their production. By doing so, the result gets a bivalent reason to exist: as a substantial object with a spatial features on the one hand and as a platform for critical practice on the other.
By combining both their experience as architect and curator, F.O.T.A. aims to fundamentally think and re-think spaces, formats, discourses and institutions.fota.be
Every month one of these artists will use the garden and its ambivalent context to present a work.