Going Out

Saint-Rémy-de-Provence (FR)

Collaborative project with Fenna Koot
Chapter II, Going Out
During a 3 week resicency around Saint Paul de Mausole
Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France 

apr. 2024

After the residency in VanGogh AiR, (NL) in November 2023 Fenna Koot and I continued the research project that focuses on the mental and physical influences from a structured living environment. The starting point of the project was a letter Van Gogh wrote about his time in a psychiatric institution in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. After using the letter as a base for our self imposed daily structure during the residency, we felt going out to the actual site where our interest was raised seemed as a logical next thing to do. 

At the site, being Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Psychiatric hospital Saint Paul de Mausole, the surrounding mountains and its nature, we acted as good guests who came not only to collect information but also wanted to give in return. In the psychiatric institution we were warmly invited to take part in their art therapy, could listen to care takers and receivers and in return we documented a renovated part of the monistary and gave a workshop in communicating trough making while activating the body. 

The outcome is a film in wich you see the clinic and its surrounding nature, parts of the conversations and next to this there are small ceramics and big embroided clots made during the workshop we gave.

A summary of the project was shown, together with parts of the previous chapter, at Breda Central Station in the summer 2024 on invitation by IDFX and KOP
The picture of the exhibition shown below is made by Linsey Kuijpers. 

︎︎︎ See Chapter I in this collaborative project: Stretch and Fold

︎︎︎ See Chapter III in this collaborative project: Time and place (worktitle)