A promise of happiness – Sabine Wachters Gallery (Brussels)

2008

A promise of happiness

In the space of the uncontrollable moment, the sense of freedom is tangible

Maddy Arkesteyn took to the streets  of Molenbeek for this series of photographs. The things are beyond order or control and so are momentarily liberated. They are landscapes which have been formed and changed by the wind. The objects are abandoned to their fate and need to be cleared away as quickly as possible. But it is this brief moment of being left over and left behind that gives them the chance to escape. In the space of that uncontrollable moment, the sense of freedom is tangible. “The moment I have made these photographs, the locals of Molenbeek became angry and asked me to stop. They proposed me to photograph beautiful situations. I told them that the current state of the market shows me this beauty. Their reaction strengthened the idea about the human need of structure and definition. It is an opportunity for the artist to stretch this sense of beauty”

16 photo works   125 x 125 cm

 

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