CONCORDIA

2017 superdemocratie senaat photo m hka 6 86

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Concordia - literally "with heart" – concord – is what this exhibition is intended to show. The search for harmony between and within communities is the beating heart, and the sense of openness and exchange is the essential condition. This "con-certation" often requires much patience and great caution. Much like for two partners, the path to a societal "modus vivendi" is far from a simple task. But when it is achieved, the agreement can be the signal for a new start.

As an assembly of the federated entities, the Senate examines issues at the intersection of the competences of the federal state and the federated entities, through dialogue and in order to promote concord.


Many works by Narcisse Tordoir (°1968, lives in Antwerp) originate from collaborations. The painted canvases featured here were produced as part of three workshops organised in Bamako (Mali). The woven fabrics is the foundation and the local "Bogolan" painting technique is the medium for shared reflection and results. Cape shaped fabrics by Antwerp designer Walter Van Beirendonck also served as a basis.

Charlotte Beaudry (°1968, lives in Brussels) expresses a femininity trapped between the tumult of adolescence and the doubts of adulthood. Through the representation of anonymous bodies, she twists the nuances of an identity in search of its integrity. A vital balance, which goes through mutual agreement, as shown by this dance between two bodies.

The frozen images by Marina Abramović (°1946, lives in Amsterdam) and Ulay (°1943, lives in Amsterdam) comes from a series of performances entitled Modus Vivendi. While the artists continue to use their bodies as objects of art, their later common works accentuate the metaphorical and theatrical dimensions. They explore the male-female relationship, as well as their relationship to the landscape and rituals of other cultures.

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