ANTWERPTourist LeMC, Tom Lanoye, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Hilde van Mieghem, Vitalski and Maud Vanhauwaert. Six Antwerp word artists who join forces with Axel Daeseleire and artist Adalbert Gans to give the Koekenstad some light again with the art project ‘Beacons of Hope and Light’. “A little light for the people who need it.”
Actor and television producer Axel Daeseleire’s creative side once again surfaced in a new art project in collaboration with artist Adalbert Gans and the crème de la crème of Antwerp word art. The inspiration lies in the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel.
“A lot of people are going through an incredibly difficult time, whether or not they are behind them,” says Axel. “Although everyone goes through this period in their own way, we can still speak of a collective experience. An experience that often consists of uncertainty and sadness, but which is slowly changing. Life seems to be getting back to normal and the light at the end of the tunnel is finally in sight.”
Axel Daeseleire and the Antwerp-Austrian artist Adalbert Gans want to make that bright spot, and more specifically the feeling around it, tangible in the new art project that they presented at the MAS in Antwerp late on Thursday evening at twilight. Writers, poets, musicians and other word artists from and around the city put their best pens into this and described the feeling that the pandemic and the accompanying measures or the – approaching – end of it have caused them.
Beacons of Hope and Light provide literal light as well as figuratively. Adalbert Gans created seven monolithic light objects on which the personal texts of Tourist LeMC, Tom Lanoye, Hilde Van Mieghem, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Vitalski and Maud Vanhauwaert show off. “Although the three-meter-high sculptures feel rough and robust, their composition of acrylic and epoxy means they are at the same time translucent and colorful as Murano glass,” explains the artist. “The light beacons on steel pedestals therefore uniquely embody the regained hope in society.”
You can find the works until September 1 on the Oostendekaai between the MAS and the Willemdok. Gans and Daeseleire consciously chose to make the works of art accessible to everyone. “In this way, we want to encourage people and bring some light to those who need it”, concludes Axel. “For hope gives life.”
The works will be auctioned after the exhibition. Half of the proceeds go to charity. If you want to know which messages Tourist LeMC and co have left behind, you will have to take a look at the MAS yourself.
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