#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#62: Be kind. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#28: Make Contracts.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#56: Take a lunch break.|#88: Changing internships, artists, curators,... are important propositions to keep a fresh set of eyes.|#130: Be a uniquely charged and curated gallery that is an artwork in itself.|#62: Be kind. Full dishwasher: empty it.|#64: Arrange a distribution of forces.|#105: Kunsthal Gent is local in scale, but globally connected.|#65: No excuses: Thursday morning, team meeting.|#107: Build a community / scene.|#98: The success of it will not lie in the result but in the process.|#90: The best systems have a failure or ‘a hole’ in them…|#33: We will ensure work by female artists and curators make up at least 50% of our programme each year.|#99: Evolve according to changing needs.|#81: Things come alive when there is friction.|#28: Make Contracts.|#29: We make the program for the artist that we exhibit.|#51: How do we invite the true unknown?|#25: Never ask the artist to just present their work, ask them to co-create and co-organise the space.|#39: Be the early stepping stone in an artist’s career|#20: Are exhibitions the most suitable form for the art that we present?|#15: Kunsthal Gent aims to be an extension of public space.|#2: Bring something new to the city of Ghent.|#3: Entrance to all exhibitions at Kunsthal Gent is free.|#10: Don’t be obsessed with numbers.|#24: We invest long-term in individual artists’ careers, working over time in different contexts. This also applies to designers / web-developers / photographers / volunteers /…|#37: Operate with radical transparency.|#56: Take a lunch break.|
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04—27.02.2022 20:00

opening - Refuge / Oud Huis

Pay what you can

Garden of Delights (G.O.D):
Garden of Delights EVENTS PROGRAMME

GARDEN OF DELIGHTS EVENTS PROGRAMME

Events take place in the Old House, unless otherwise stated

SAT 26/02, 11:00-13:00
Databending - digital spellwork for a better future - Charlotte Gruber
Reservation: max 8 participants

SUN 27/02, 12:00 -13:30
Closed courtyards - Lecture by guest speaker Hannah Iterbeke (NL/ENG)
Reservation
: max 15 persons


SUN 27/02, 14.00 - 14.30
Invoking goddesses & ghosts of fossil fuels - collective ritual, Dominique De Groen (ENG)
Reservation
, max 15 persons

SUN 27/02, 15.00 - 18.00
Presentation of Garden Of Delights publication and finissage
Ongoing, no reservations needed


PAST EVENTS

FRI 04/02, 20.00 - 21.00
Clean(s)ing ritual - Opening Garden Of Delights
Reservation
: 6 slots of 10 min - max 15 persons per slot

SAT 12/02 at 11:15, 12:30, 14:30 and 15:45
Tenderesse - Avril Avilas (ENG/FR)
Reservation
: 4 slots of 1 hour, 1 person per slot

SAT 12/02, 11.00 - 18.00
The Last Straw: Meaning - Martina Petrović
Ongoing in the hall church, no reservation needed

SUN 13/02, 11.15, 12.30, 14.30 and 15.45 hrs.
Letting Go - Avril Avilas (ENG/FR)
Reservation
: 4 slots of 1 hour, 1 person per slot

SUN 13/02/2022 at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 16:00 and 17:00
Four-leaf clover infusion one-on-one ceremony
Hanna Ravnsborg (NL/ENG/NO)
Reservation
: 6 slots of 30 minutes, 1 person per slot

FRI 18/02, 17.00 - 19.00, cinema
Book launch School Of Equals - Sarah Késenne & Stijn Van Dorpe
Reservation

SUN 20/02, 15.00 - 17.00
Collective fan-fiction writing workshop - Dominique De Groen (ENG)
Reservation
: max.10 participants

TUE 22/02, 19.30 - 21.30
Open Engagement Meeting (NL/ENG)
Reservation via contact@engagementarts.be

THURS 24/02, 19.00 - 21.00
Syllabus Reading group #7 (NL/ENG)
Organisation: Kunsthal Gent; Hosts: Jesse Jones & Barbara Mahlknecht
Online, registration

GARDEN OF DELIGHTS: Hard Work and Gentle Labour

Kunsthal Gent / Refuge
04.02.22 - 27.02.22

Garden Of Delights - G.O.D. - is an art collective exploring the hidden structures and power dynamics underlying unrecognised and invalidated labour. Their playful communal research ventures into the swamp of pleasure, work, craft, chore, art, skill, dilettantism and the greatness of what is often only considered ‘the little things’.

With their second exhibition (following their debut Holding Space is a Work of Art at BLANCO Ghent) they are redefining practices, tactics and aesthetics traditionally associated with ‘the female’, ‘the feminine’, ‘the private’. Their focus on the work of e.g. caring, mending, and maintaining as quiet but radical acts of resistance contests the bias and stigmata they are often faced with.

Creating an aesthetic of empowerment, Garden Of Delights reclaims and distributes the agency of art and research strategies marginalised by patriarchal standards and neoliberal market values. Under the title Hard Work and Gentle Labour the collective dismantles the stereotypes by which some work is reduced to 'mere craft', 'decorative', ‘irrelevant’, ‘functional’ or even ‘hysterical witchcraft’.

Thirteen artists, curators and researchers diverse in background, identity and artistic practice, have found their intersection within that practice and its relationship to invisible work and conditions that conceal inequalities. They will put an ongoing exhibition on view as well as accommodate a program with performances, rituals, workshops and lectures, facilitated by the following members of the collective:

Aike Abeke Roodenburg, Avril Avilas, Charlotte Gruber, Dominique De Groen, Elien Ronse, Hanna Ravnsborg, Jana Vasiljević, Josefien Cornette, Julie Van Wezemael, Letizia Acosta, Margo Veeckman, Martina Petrović & Sophie Whetton.

Through the individual practice of their different disciplines and specific expertise they set out to expose and to subvert - to fertilise and to flower.

The exhibition will open on the 4th of February with a cleansing ritual at the Oud Huis of Kunsthal Gent, and conclude on the 27th of February with the presentation of their collaborative publication.


KUNSTHAL GENT / REFUGE

With the programme line Refuge, Kunsthal Gent hands out the Oud Huis (the second exhibition space) to up-and-coming organisations in the Ghent visual arts. With complete carte blanche and a budget to make ambitious plans possible. This gives Ghent a new platform for experimentation and discovery.

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