La Dérive


Curated by Agnès Biro
Solo show / Public Art / Art Walk. Artist: Matteo Ingrao
Location: 'Godshuizen Elisabeth Zorghe, Paruitte en De Schippers'
3/23 Stijn Streuvelsstraat, 8000 Bruges

'La Dérive' is taken from the concept developed by French theorist Guy Debord called the 'theory of the drift' where a person is given an appointment at a particular place or time without knowing if someone will meet them, not knowing what to expect. This concept is challenging the way one experiences the city, inviting one to take unusual routes and become an observer of urban life.

An evening walk to ‘Godshuizen Elisabeth Zorghe, Paruitte en De Schippers’ where I felt like an outsider entering a restricted area, a ghost town, provided the idea for the project. Fur-ther historical research around the area revealed a location once hosting destitute widows and elderly couples, an area of the city that was kept mysterious and made me wonder what life would look like behind those walls.

In 1961 Michèle Bernstein, first spouse of Guy Debord and Situationist International member wrote La Nuit («The Night») a one evening story story that takes place on 22/04/1957 in the streets of Paris and in which lovers, trying to escape routine and conventions, end up drif-ting away.

For this one evening expo, visitors receive a mysterious invite for a meeting after sunset, when Bruges falls asleep, and get to enter the not so renowned almshouse located in Stijn Streuvelsstraat.

Graphic design by @Bloudruk

Without really knowing what to expect, visitors will wander around the area and, guided by the light, will encounter what could be either ghosts from the past or new forms of life.

All photos by @Femkedenhollander

Exhibition Flyer

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