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Sophie Nys: The Drunkard's Cloak



A ’drunkard’s cloak’ is the name of a 17th Century punishment for public drunkenness.The drunk was forced to don a barrel and wander through town while the villagers jeer at him.
A 'drunkard's cloak' is the name of a 17th Century punishment for public drunkenness.
The drunk was forced to don a barrel and wander through town while the villagers jeer at him.
Sophie Nys: The Drunkard's Cloak
BELGIUM
ANTWERP  •  Objectif Exhibitions  •  Ongoing
 
 

Triggered by an interest in modern historical events and their remnant artifacts, Sophie Nys' new project The Drunkard's Cloak, produced by Objectif Exhibitions, delves into the history of the pillory. Placed in areas of public gathering throughout feudal Belgium, the pillory was a wooden structure used to punish a prisoner and expose them to public abuse. Nys researched the history of these objects and re-stages them in a contemporary context questioning the possibility of their 'worldlessness' as mere forms.

Sophie Nys' (b. Belgium, 1974) practice brings conceptual and minimalist artistic strategies to their logical and formal limits by exploiting the broad artistic license possible within the contemporary art milieu.



Objectif Exhibitions Website


Contact: Objectif Exhibitions
Kleine Markt 7-9/bus 26
Antwerp 2000
Belgium
Tel: (32) 3 28 84 977

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