The attraction of the tree is universal and timeless; trees represent mystery, protection and worship. From the trees of good and evil in medieval manuscripts to the 19th century symbolist vision, trees have always intrigued and fascinated mankind. Contemporary artists, too, continue to be very fond of this element of nature, trying to capture its essence. The theme is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artistic disciplines as diverse as painting, sculpture, video and photography.
With TraumA, the Triennial of Bruges dives into the ‘uncanny’ history and reality of Bruges. Historical layers are exposed, forgotten or hidden storylines discussed. This edition explores the thin line between dream and trauma, between paradise and hell. It appeals to the imagination, to the pomp and circumstance, but also to the ‘uncanny’ that is present underground. For although Bruges seems to be a dream destination for many, poverty, loneliness, pollution or fear also lurk in this picture-perfect world.
Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA uses artistic and architectural interventions to bring the less attractive aspects to the surface and make them part of the city’s image. It creates a polyphonic discourse, where there is room for imagination, beauty, darkness and complexity. A space where artists and architects can explore both the stage and the dusty wings. Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA balances between the present and the hidden. With a course of sculptural, architectural and organic creations, it is a celebration of the versatility and mobility of this city.
Between private and public.
Between dream and nightmare.
27 x 20 cm
Bilingual edition: English/Dutch