'The Starting Point'
"Fear is the ultimate attraction. Fear is an end and a beginning.
We have so much to discover. So much more to hide.
The starting point is somewhere in the middle"
- poem by Nathalie Vanheule when she was eighteen years old
Performance by Nathalie Vanheule at Palazzo Stucky in Venice. Nathalie Vanheule is a Belgian contemporary artist whose multimedia work encompasses performance, sculptures, and video installations. Vanheule’s work demonstrates a powerful collision of forces that make permanent the momentary interactions between different textures and means. The collisions create a layering effect that, instead of masking, far more reveals what is underneath. The layering plays with notions of revealing, suppressing and hiding. The dramatic interactions reveal raw vulnerability and emotions in the midst of destruction and chaos. Illusions are unmasked in the Belgian artist’s work, but still play on fantasy and reality through the dream-like otherworldliness evoked from the variance of opacities she uses. There is a perverse sense of ideal beauty, in its imperfect perfection. For the performance 'The Starting Point', Vanheule based the lyrics of on one of her poems when she was nearly eighteen years old. Fear is an end and a beginning, the starting point is somewhere in the middle. The performance shows us the circle of changes in our life, often covered or denied. She puts gently the attention on the transformations we all can feel around us and inside. It is a kind of a rebirth, like Botticelli’s Venus during the renaissance. We feel the transformation is happening in the world, we are looking for harmony, sharing and emotional enrichment. Every little change brings us a feeling of fear. We need to conquer this fear and understand it is okay to be a bit lost from time to time. It is okay to feel change. There is no end, only starting points.
Curator Chiara Isadora Artico, for Iodiposito.
Actress Astrid Haerens.
Assistant Gill Van Eeckhout.
Pictures by iodiposito, Astrid Haerens and Nathalie Vanheule.