SUPER DEMOCRACY - The Senate of Things

Three cultural institutions enter into a dialogue with the Belgian Senate during the exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY, which is on display throughout October. BPS22 in Charleroi, BOZAR in Brussels and M HKA in Antwerp provide a cultural dimension to the Senate’s current issues.

1.10.2017 - 31.10.2017


2017 superdemocratie senaat photo m hka 6 53 image: (c) M HKA, Collection Province de Hainaut/Dépôt BPS22
Atlas, 2006
Installation , 135 cm x 110cm x 90cm ; 220 cm x 116 cm x 105 cm ; 135 cm x 113 cm x 78 cm

Johan Muyle, Atlas, 2006, Collection Province de Hainaut/Dépôt BPS22

Johan Muyle, Plus d'Opium pour le peuple, 2006, Collection Province de Hainaut/Dépôt BPS22

The two moving parts are skeletons[1] with the face of the artist. They evoke the prisoners accused of genocide in Rwanda, recognisable by their pink clothes. The colour is imposed but it is up to the families to provide the clothes; thus the social differences are perceptible according to the colour, the wear and the quality of the fabrics. The skeletons, meanwhile, abolish the origins since the bones are white for all. In Plus d’Opium pour le peuple the plastic bag on the head of the skeleton refers to the Khmer Rouge who choked their victims to death to save bullets. Atlas is a hunchbacked scout who carries the world and whose accessories refer to the prison capos in Congo. These skeletons question both death and the cycle of life.

[1] These three works were produced in the context of the exhibition Plus d’opium pour le peuple. See on this subject the catalogue of the exhibition: Johan Muyle. Plus d’opium pour le peuple. Charleroi, BPS22, 2006.