Residency finisage: 24.02.2017, between 5 – 8 p.m.
LAZNIA 2 Centre For Contemporary Art, 5 Strajku Dokerów Street, Gdańsk
This residency has a performative character – the artist remains and works only in the exhibition space of LAZNIA 2 CCA for a month.
Opening/visiting hours: TUE - WED, FR – SUN noon – 6 p.m., THUR noon – 8 p.m.
Wannes Goetschalckx creates performative installations, in which the limitations and abilities of his own body play an important role. He struggles with the space and own made objects and introduces elements of game, humor and visual language into his projects. Goetschalckx combines objects into sculptural settings, which he later analyses, changes and uses for his performative actions. ‘Being’ and dealing with the created by the artist space/object become a starting point for producing a documentation, presented later as a video.
Goetschalckx explores the issue of emotional and physical constraints, imposed by our living environment. Challenging his own body and mind in a physical and mental way, his work reveals how man’s own limitations influence human life.
We build borders. We build borders around our cities, around our countries. We build borders around our minds. To keep others out. Other ideas, other points of view, other structures, other habits. We set limits to our abilities. We are safe, but sorry. Occasionally we break down a wall. We enjoy the wide view and the fresh air. We explore new ideas, different viewpoints, refreshing structures, alien habits. Exploring leads to claiming, claiming leads to guarding. Guarding is bulding. We build borders. – the artist describes his project.
During his one month long residential stay in LAZNIA CCA, Goetschalckx will focus entirely on artistic work. The artist will spend his whole residency in the exhibition room, which will become his living and creative space. As days of the residency will go by, the artist will gradually increase his space by building walls around him, but enclosing himself more and more in a snow white gallery box.