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Kasper Bosmans / Wolf Corridor

Kasper Bosmans (Lommel, 1990) has a fascination with history ­– not as much with the well-known historical narratives as with events that occurred on the fringes. He makes associative connections between the most diverse topics and incorporates these into small, emblem-like paintings. They serve as keys to his spatial installations and collectively make up a new, visual ‘historiography’: one that is less clear-cut, lends itself to interpretation and, above all, invites us to observe and associate.

For Wolf Corridor Bosmans took inspiration from de Kempen, or Campine, a sandy region south of Tilburgwhich was once part of the Duchy of Brabant. In his research on that area, he takes a kaleidoscopic view. His eye, for instance, comes across the herdgang – a triangular square that played a role in medieval shepherding – and he immersed himself in the archeological discovery of the earliest drop of bronze in a Tilburg crucible. He also studied local household traditions. The ancient custom of women scrubbing floors clean with sand, first strewn about in decorative patterns, prompted Bosmans to create sand paintings.

Vormen produced 15 walnut boxes for these sand paintings that are part of this amazing exhibition by Kasper Bosmans.

On view until the 5th of September in De Pont museum, Tilburg.

Photos by Gunnar Meier