The Most Sunny Hour of Your Night
Installation view. Work on the left: Twosome by Sara Kelly. Photo by Sepideh Farvardin. People in the photo from
left to right: Thomas Renwart, Moniek Bucquoye, Luc Bucquoye, Martine Bucquoye, Shirley Pizango.
Antoine De Winter
Shirley Villavicencio Pizango
Installation view with untitled work by Machteld Rullens
Photo by Sepideh Farvardin
The exhibition title The Most Sunny Hour of Your Night is inspired by a text by poet and novelist, Rainer Maria Rilke, written nearly one hundred years ago. In fact, the title is a direct nod to a line in the passage that speaks about the essential matter of not looking for outside validation. In “Letters to a Young Poet”, Rilke advises us to take an introspective journey when working creatively.
He stresses the necessity of not taking notice of one's surroundings during the process but instead taking a moment of silence:
There is only one way: Go within. Search for the cause, find the impetus that bids you to write. Put it to this test: Does it stretch out its roots in the deepest place of your heart? Can you avow that you would die if you were forbidden to write?
Above all, in the most silent hour of your night, ask yourself this: Must I write? Dig deep into yourself for a true answer. And if it should ring its assent, if you can confidently meet this serious question with a simple, "I must," then build your life upon it. It has become your necessity. Your life, in even the most mundane and least significant hour, must become a sign, a testimony to this urge.
– From Rainer Maria Rilke's "Letters to a Young Poet".
Rilke's words touch on something essential: the necessity of facing oneself, first and foremost as an individual. He urges one to take the time to be alone with the material during a creative process for it is after we free ourselves from the appetite for validation from others that we then create something authentic, and something new in the truest sense of the word.
We live in a world that is both constantly connected and constantly distracted; where our interactions seem to lie primarily on a digital plane. But, what we lack most all, is the practice of facing each other - and ourselves - openly and fully, accepting the human complexities, and taking time to focus.
Therefore, I feel that art is more needed now than ever. There is a deep yearning for something that takes us out of our daily, distracted existence, even if just for a moment. Art can help us away from our addiction to be constantly distracted, and inspire us to look at a slower pace and reflect on a deeper level. In that sense, art can help us move forward.
It is with this in mind that I have selected the works of 13 contemporary artists from Belgium and beyond to open this first exhibition at Ti-Pi in collaboration with Monumento. Located in the inspiring city of Ghent, Belgium, the inaugural exhibition is meant to offer a moment of sun in your day while also inviting you to feel silence inside yourself: to be with the artworks fully and without distraction.
The exhibition is a celebration of life, a testimony to material and color, a belief that art can enrich as well console with its presence, and invite us to reflect through materiality.
It is a conviction that art makes a difference – even more so during the darkest of times.
– Matthias Vico Persson
Ash Painting by Nathalie Vanheule
Installation view: Left: Sara Kelly. Middle: Shirley Pizango. Right: Nathalie Vanheule.
Photo by Sepideh Farvardin
The exhibition has two parts that will be presented in tandem. The first is an online exhibition that features one work by each artist. These works will be for sale, and the funds will support artists and art professionals affected by the war in Ukraine. The second is a physical exhibition at the Ti-Pi apartment in Ghent that will feature additional works by the same artists, allowing for a richer and larger experience than the online exhibition.
The Most Sunny Hour Of Your Night finds a home in an abandoned building previously used to house asylum seekers in Ghent, near Dampoort Station. The building is currently managed by Monumento who is generously sponsoring the use of the building for the exhibition.
It is the first in a series of exhibitions and the following will take place in various locations of the country in abandoned buildings provided by Monumento throughout Belgium. Similarly, we will host artists-in-residence in these buildings.
The Most Sunny Hour of Your Night features 13 artworks by 13 different artists. Funds raised from the online exhibition will be donated to support victims of the war in Ukraine.
Read more about it here.