In August, I do a series of chalk drawings on trees, bushes and walls in a large garden in the Flemish city of Menen. Most of them are soon washed away by the rain. Jan Kempenaers takes square black-and-white photos to rescue them from oblivion. He also takes photos of the park and its surroundings, doing a photographic reconnaissance of the location. We project the photos in the tunnels under the garden, interspersing them with short fragments from texts I have written over the past twenty years.
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Menen Slide Show is produced by Bart Lodewijks and Jan Kempenaers for the group exhibition Etude, curated by Philippe Van Cauteren and dedicated to Philippe Van Snick (1946 - 2019). From 12–27 September 2020, Oude Leielaan 4, Menen, Belgium. Organized by Bastion 10 in partnership with Philippe Van Cauteren / S.M.A.K. Ghent and Cultuurcentrum Menen. A parallel exhibition, The House of Opportunity, is at the Menen city museum and cultural centre, showcasing artworks from the S.M.A.K. collection.