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Opening: 04.02.2022 – 20:00

04—27.02.2022

Exhibition

Hard Work and Gentle Labour:
Garden Of Delights

REFUGE
04.02.22 - 27.02.22
GARDEN OF DELIGHTS - Hard Work and Gentle Labour

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.


Events Programme Refuge - Garden Of Delights

All events take place in the Oud Huis, unless otherwise stated

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

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


KUNSTHAL GENT / REFUGE

Ghent is rich in emerging artists and organisations, but the spaces where they can present their work are scarce. With the programme line Refuge, Kunsthal Gent wants to contribute to a solution. Three times a year, 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.


Hard Work and Gentle Labour:
Garden Of Delights

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