One has to descend through a labyrinth of complex staircases and corridors to arrive at the art space -1. The underground space is situated near the office of Charlie Hebdo, where the horrific events of the 7th of January still cast a dark shadow over the area. To find healing and peace one can take a shamanic journey from the ‘middle world’ (the real world with trials and tribulations) to the ‘lower world’ (in this case -1) inhabited by the spirits of animals, trees, plants and rocks that are connected with the mysteries of the earth. Guided by these totemic spirits one can access the ‘upper world’. In this ethereal and bright world one can achieve a state of healing.
This journey is symbolized by the axis mundi, the ancient notion that indicates that a central line runs between the visible and the invisible, heaven and earth, spirit and matter. As a portal between the earthly and heavenly realms in various religious and mythological traditions, the axis mundi has different appearances and shapes. The axis mundi is often symbolized as a rope, a serpent, a staff or a tree. The works and performances in the exhibition are seen as an axis mundi by connecting the physical and the spiritual. In their own way they act as a healing tool bringing the viewer in higher realms and blissful peace, Samadhi.
vendredi 29 mai au vernissage de l’exposition Axis Mundi
art as a healing tool
Juliaan Andeweg • Daniëlle van Ark • Paul Geelen • Éric Giraudet de Boudemange & Sylvie Sauter-Bouchereau • Egon Hanfstingl • Paul Laffoley • Jean-Baptiste Maitre • Shana Moulton • Lea Porsager • Florian & Michael Quistrebert • Louwrien Wijers
Vernissage de 18h00 à 21h00
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Exposition accessible sur rendez-vous :
du samedi 30 mai au dimanche 7 juin 2015
71 boulevard Richard Lenoir
09 66 95 61 83