#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#40: Follow the artist|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#36: We support production separately.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#17: An exhibition is never finished.|#30: Don’t work with artists who are assholes.|#68: Once in a while we need to get out of utopia and get something done.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#84: The White Cube is a lie.|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#40: Follow the artist|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#89: Build-in impurity within the organisation.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#21: Live with the exhibition, spend time with it.|#5: Kunsthal Gent is a city where different identities collide in an ongoing exhibition without end date. New exhibitions are always a new layer in this ongoing story.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#35: The artist fee should be good.|#137: Use the publication as programming space|#36: We support production separately.|#91: Embrace doubt.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#26: More artists, less borders.|#82: Clean and sterile looks professional, but really boring.|#55: Keep basic human needs on the forefront.|
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GHENT: HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER

A Season of Truth and Reconciliation

GHENT: HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER

Artist Grace Ndiritu will be examining how the site of Kunsthal Ghent in the Oude Karmelietenklooster (aka Caermersklooster) can be used as a model for the practice of commoning between different institutions who use or own the site.

There have been different points in history in which inhabitants have used the space as a place for living, spiritual practice and sharing intellectual and artistic ideas; particularly in the 15th century, the 1970s and in the present day form of Kunsthal Ghent and the Pandemisten occupation.

The aim is to find a peaceful resolution to the situation that has been building in the framework of a Truth and Reconciliation process. Ghent: How To Live Together, in collaboration with Jubilee vzw, is part of Ndiritu's ongoing body of work Healing The Museum.

All events are free but limited in numbers. Register in advance via the link above.

GHENT: HOW TO LIVE TOGETHER
is taking shape in the framework of Kunsthal Gent's Development Programme.

A Season of Truth and Reconciliation

EVENTS September - December

Tuesday 7th September - 7pm to 9.30pm
A Therapeutic Townhall Meeting
(ENG)
In this playful performance, Grace Ndiritu will use meditation, letter writing and word-play to collectively unpack what the Truth and Reconciliation process means in the context of the ongoing dispute over the Caermersklooster site.

Monday 25th October - 8pm to 10.30pm
Contested land and Indigenous land rights
(NL & ENG)
Screening by OFFoff Art Cinema, curated by Grace Ndiritu and Jubilee

Tuesday 2nd November - 7pm to 9pm

Local Knowledge (NL & ENG)
A fascinating talk by local residents sharing their personal archives and stories of living in Patershol.

Thursday 25th November - 7pm to 9pm

Holistic Reading room (ENG)
Group reading of Giorgio Agamben’s philosophical book on the law of living together - The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life

Friday 10th December - 7pm to 10pm
Public Debate: Commoning, Property Law and Indigenous Land Rights in the Belgian Context
(ENG)
A public debate on ideas of Commoning, the Indigenous perspective on shared resources and what we can learn from it in relation to the history and social planning of Paterhols up to the present day the sale of Het Pand.

BIOGRAPHIES

Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world, including the impact of globalisation and environmental justice, through her films, photography, paintings and social practice projects with refugees, migrants and indigenous groups. Works including The Ark: Center for Interdisciplinary Experimentation and COVERSLUT© fashion and economic project have been exhibited since 2012. Recent solo shows and performances include Musee Moderne d’Art, Paris (2021), Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2019), S.M.A.K. & M.S.K., Ghent (2019), Africa Museum, Tervuren (2019), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2018), CAG Vancouver (2018), Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona (2017), Museum Modern of Art, Warsaw (2014), Musee Chasse & Nature and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013). Ndiritu has been featured in TIME magazine, Phaidon’s The 21st Century Art Book, Art Monthly, Apollo Magazine’s “40 under 40” list, Elephant magazine, and The Sunday Times Radio Show with Mariella Frostrup. Her experimental art writing and images have been published in her non-fiction book Dissent Without Modification (Bergen Kunsthall) in 2021.

Jubilee is an artist-run platform that provides continuous support for the work of six artists, while hosting others on a project base. Research and collaboration are considered essential values within the organisation. These shared interests lead to collective reflection and research projects that focus on the conditions of artistic production.

Caveat
(2017-ongoing), Jubilee’s most encompassing collective research project to date, reflects and acts on the ecology of artistic practice. In the framework of this project Jubilee invites and closely collaborates with artistic trajectories in an ambition to collectively re-think and respond to the socio-economic and legal context of our work and cultural positions in a broad sense. Caveat regularly opens up to the public through reading rooms and public moments.

Image credit: group of protesters at the Aboriginal land rights demonstration, Parliament House, Canberra, 30 July 1972

Grace

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