Dear Agathe, Agathe dear…
My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit in a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.
― Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals
The diagnosis of ‘cancer’ is overwhelming. Suddenly, you are a foundling in the world of the sick, a ‘patient’ with an unclear future. Everything else comes to a stand still, because
surviving is the absolute priority. Reinventing yourself implies failure, but one must try again, and explore until new and unexpected perspectives emerge.
The exhibition Dear Agathe, Agathe dear… is a kaleidoscopic ‘work in progress’, a multimedia project inspired by complex experiences. It shows the scarred body, challenges its prevailing codes and explores its historical, sociopolitical context. The artworks presented in “Dear Agathe, Agathe dear” … join a still young tradition in which mostly female artists embrace their vulnerability, and despite their insecurity, draw strength to show themselves… These haunting images are hard to forget, acknowledging others’ misery.
The performance Dear Agathe, Agathe dear… is also a work in progress. Focussing the spotlight on what is concealed, visitors encounter a gently swelling polyphonic choir that embraces, understands, heals, and above all, celebrates life.
To accompany this exhibition a ‘reader’ is published, which is for sale in the M KHA bookshop.
Photographs: Christine Clinckx , M KHA