Edith Dekyndt - Breiðarmerkurfjara Beach

Sun 11 Oct 2020 - 09:00 to Mon 21 Dec 2020 - 17:00
CC Palethe, Jeugdlaan 2, 3900 Pelt

In this video artwork, Edith Dekyndt documents the complete cycle of the melting ice at the Breiðarmerkurjökull Glacier.

The ice in the Breiðarmerkurjökull glacier is made of compressed snow high up in the Vatnajökull ice cap. The melt waters path through the glacier margin is long, while being buried deep in the bowels of the glacier, sliding down the gently sloping land surface. Many centuries later, it ends up in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Thus, the ice itself is very old precipitation. It contains small bubbles with equally old, compressed air. All the ice in the lagoon or at the nearby beach melts completely and the ancient precipitation enters the terrestrial water cycle again.

A representation of the passage of time, and the transformation of our natural environment under the influence of the current climate crisis.

Edith Dekyndt (BE) is a Belgian visual artist. She was born in Ypres and studied visual communication before attending the École des Beaux-Arts de Mons. In 1987, she went to Italy where she undertook research into Piero della Francesca. She subsequently collaborated with architects such as Olivier Bastin in Brussels. In her art, Dekyndt works with everyday objects as they are transformed by the passage of time, documenting their activities with video, photography, sound and installation. Her work observes and reflects upon the human relation with and the transformation of nature, influenced by the global ecological crisis of today. Edith Dekyndt has had solo exhibitions at the DAAD, the Wiels, Le Consortium, etc. She was also invited to take part in the 2017 Venice Biennial. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the FRAC Franche-Comté. 

In collaboration with Galerie Greta Meert. 

This installation is part of the 3-day Expo-route from 23.10-25.10 at various locations in and around Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, the Canal Zone and Gemeente Pelt.