.man. Story of a Wound

16.09 until 19.11.2006

On the occasion of the year 2000 celebrations, the Centre for Religious Art and Culture, in association with SMAK Ghent, organised the controversial EPIFANIE. This project will now be followed by a fascinating exhibition, man, the Story of a Wound from 16 to 19 November 2006.

Although Story of a Wound is based on Contemporary Art and Religion, it also specifically and decisively focuses on man. It examines humanity in all its aspects. Suffering, as well as joys great and small, sorrow, loss, etc., are some of the themes dealt with. Some artists will create memorable individual portraits while others are more interested in suggesting a collective feeling. How do we experience our environment and our city and how do they affect our lives and the way we associate with one another? The aim of mens is not only to focus on man’s trials and suffering, but also the hope, joy and especially the dignity of people who live on the fringes. The subtitle of the exhibition is Story of a Wound. The wound is a symbol, a hurt, but also signals the beginning of healing. The exhibition shows us images that are confrontational, and occasionally give us comfort and a sense of joy as well as horror and sorrow. mens is a story set in the city; it is about the city and its inhabitants. It is a story familiar to every human. 

Participating artists:
Joseph Beuys, Lida Abdul, Gillian Wearing, Ingrid Wildi, Zineb Sedira, Anri Sala, Ari Saarto, Gina Pane, Lien Nollet & Fabien DeLathouwer, IngridMwangiRobertHutter, Ron Mueck, Tova Mozard, Rauf Mamedov, Regina José Galindo, Juan Manuel Echevarria, Anno Dijkstra, Lois & Franziska Weinberger, Sergej Bratkov, André-Philip Lemke, Mekhitar Garabedian, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, John Isaacs, Franz West, Wim Delvoye, Patrick Corillon, Bruce Nauman, Rui Chafes, Joseph Beuys