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Without fear or reproach

Without fear or reproach
GHENT  •  Witte Zaal Art Center  •  Ongoing
This exhibition of twenty artists, most from North America or the UK, is intended (at last ) to offer a few visual comments on the aftermath of the world-shattering events of September 11, 2001.

The starting point is Joseph Beuys' artistic/humanist metaphor of the Twin Towers of the seventies and eighties, when the Soho district in New York was enjoying a boom as the mecca of the international contemporary art scene. In his collage postcard, Beuys compared the Twin Towers with the Arabian twin brothers and patron saints Cosmas and Damian, religious figures who in Arabic culture symbolised full racial harmony. This is a metaphor entirely at odds with the present highly-charged symbolism of the towers the stark contrast between the Christian-Judaic and Islamic worlds.

Artists whose works are on view include Colin COOK (USA), Jiri DAVID (CZ), Christoph DRAEGER (CH), Matt DUCKLO (USA, Maria FRIBERG (Sweden), Leon GRODSKI (USA), Jon HADDOCK (USA), John ISAACS (UK), Euan MacDONALD (UK), Philippe MESTE (F), Ryan McNAMARA (USA), Alex McQUILKIN (USA), David NICHOLSON (CAN), Guy RICHARDS SMIT (USA) among others.

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