From the 1st of September until the 18th of September 2022, the physical exhibition “Sit Back, Relax & Enjoy the Apocalypse” will open its doors for three weeks in the exhibition halls of LaVallée, in the heart of Brussels.
Seppe De Roo has been appointed as curator of this exhibition – advised by Hans Theys.
How do we deal with the idea of an ending civilisation?
Since the beginning of society, mankind has conceptualised and depicted the end of times. Apocalyptic stories appeal to the imagination of contemporary humans. There is a strong pessimism in society about the future of mankind – the end is near, so to speak.
There is something ironic about this belief. People everywhere, in every age, have thought about the end and proclaimed prophecies. The Apocalypse is one of the oldest archetypal stories that reinvents itself in every age. For those who grew up during the Cold War, it was recreated in fear of a nuclear holocaust. For the younger generation, it is ecocide
Despite all the problems, it is possible to visualise a better planet and society for the future.
The 15 selected artists are partly artists of international standing and partly emerging talents from Brussels and Belgium.
Besides the survival of humanity, this exhibition is an exploration of the survival of young artists.
What can this story mean for humanity and the planet?
Each selected artist has a unique perspective on this that is reflected in science, religion and existential questions encompassed in a variety of media, from painting to high-tech art.
During the exhibition there will be music performances, workshops and free guided tours by Seppe De Roo for young people in Molenbeek.
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