Les Nouveaux commanditaires

Nya Uppdragsgivare
Nuovi Committenti
Nuevos Comanditarios
Taiteen Uudet Tukijat
De Nieuwe Opdrachtgevers
New Patrons
Die Neue Auftraggeber
Komanditario berriak

Cour, Jardin
Sarah & Charles

Patrons - Old and new district inhabitants: Jan Leconte, Geert Franssen, Bart Wallays and Liesbet Tyvaert
Mediator - Win Van den Abbeele
Renaix/Ronse, Belgium, 2017

The context

Ronse still bears visible traces of an industrial past. The vacant lots, although in the centre of the city, have so far only been used as allotment gardens for social purposes. Their redevelopment into a new residential park confronts residents with an influx of newcomers from various social backgrounds.

From an existing social network of allotment gardeners and cultural activists, the sponsors wanted to see the emergence of a work of art that, beyond prestige and costly representation, can bring together old and new inhabitants. The group of patrons was extremely critical of the known formulas and expressed the desire to see a work that would stimulate encounters without affecting the visual recognition of the site.

The Renaix park offers the possibility of building villas and apartments in the greenery. But does it become the property of its new inhabitants only? The artist duo Sarah and Charles invite the sponsors, the original residents of the neighbourhood, to literally play a role in the park through a theatre set.

Sarah & Charles

The selected artists Sarah & Charles offer an open stage image, a play structure around which the many existing theatre companies, art academies and other local groups can build scenarios and try poses. Over time, photographs and films will produce informal documentation for future generations.

In addition to this functional use as a performative trigger, the proposed work is also an image of an intriguing force that activates its entire environment and fully enhances the site, conceived as an amphitheatre.