Berlinde De Bruyckere
Aletheia, on-vergeten, 2019
The immersive environmental installation was conceived by the artist as a recreation of a place that deeply impressed her imagination, the skin traders workshop in Anderlecht. Heaps of just-stripped animal skins lie onto wide wooden bases, covered in salt to protect and preserve them, and surrounded by an environment populated with material clues of the process they underwent. The artist is asking us to challenge ourselves with an extreme image, a mass of nameless deaths that evokes dreadful tragedies, both past and present. However, the work doesn’t stop at this feeling of horror, but seeks a form of comfort and redemption; such intention arises though a complex work on the materials, a delicate rendering of these pathetic coils, and a care in recomposing – through the sculpting process – the unfolding of decay into shapelessness. The casting procedure that originated all these artworks speaks of contact, intimacy and sharing, and of a memory that presents itself again. And lastly, it is the act itself of making something present – of drawing it out of the darkness of conscience and knowledge, so it won’t be forgotten – the most important gesture of reparation.
The work was created for the artist’s solo exhibition Aletheia, and it is part of Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Collection.
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Map of the exhibition space
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