Résidence — Brussels

Wim De Pauw

From 01/06/2023 to 30/06/2023

Fondation CAB Brussels is pleased to present its 24th artist-in-residence, Wim De Pauw (b.1989, Belgium), who won the Fondation CAB 2022 prize, which rewards a young Belgian artist from ART CONTEST.

He starts a month’s of residency , where he will walk from Fondation CAB Brussels to Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence and document his journey as he walks, listens and writes. We’ll be following him on his trip on our social networks.

There are two dots on a map: one reads Fondation CAB, the other Fondation CAB. They are connected by a blue line. A black figure, depicted to be walking, tells me the blue line stretches over 995 kilometers and 206 hours of non-stop walking.

On the 13th of April 2023 there was a discussion in Turin between Antoinette Jattiot (b. 1989 France) and myself. We wondered about walking the margin between two (art) centers, physically connecting the two dots on the map. Questions arose concerning (dis)location, framing time, ownership and artist’s agencies within an institutional framework.

On the 22nd of April 2023 there was a conversation in the exhibition Worldlines between Fabiola Burgos Labra (b. 1989 Chili) and me. Fabiola pressed a casted bronze blackberry between her hand and mine, while telling the story of how the fruit was imported to create “natural” barriers in her motherland Chile. When our hands parted, it left a small impression of the fruit as a trace of herstory. Ways to Return Home, the title of the piece, will be brought along the walk.

On the 24th of April 2023 there was a phone call between Celine Matthieu (b. 1989 Belgium) and myself. I proposed her to inhabit the studio of Fondation CAB in Brussels and to become one of the carriers of the project, leaving traces of the walk in the studio and vice versa. In storytelling this would be termed as a body swap.

On the 22nd of May 2023 I offered a handmade notebook to Antoinette Jattiot, based on a series of almost empty notebooks found at Jeu de Balles. The notebook will be used to speculate (the absence of) a journey through writing

On the 1st of June 2023 we will embark on a month-long dérive, exchanging fictions by walking, waiting and writing our way from Brussels to Saint-Paul-de-Vence.