“The Castel of Helth brings together works of two artists, self-proclaimed self-care experts, and internet miners Sara Bachour and Tine Deboelpaep. They are interested in how the notion of well-being and self-care have evolved over time, especially under the influence of the dominant ‘isms’ of the day (hyper-individualism, neoliberalism, and the like). Fittigly, the title of the show takes from the 16th century treatise, which was one of the first works of popular medicine.
In The Castel of Helth, Sara and Tine have found a common visual language, drawing on art historical references and internet culture alike, and combining viral content with obscure rituals, social commentary with self-deprecating humour.
While not rid of a critical angle, the exhibition engages in a full-on flirt with the enchanting, ever-expanding universe of self care, and explores also its more ambiguous, gritty areas. The fumes of the scented candles mix with the smoke of ritual cigarettes, the beauty wax and the fish in the pond are simmering…
The Castel of Helth opens its doors to everyone in need for a dose of humor, drama, and hope.”
CAS, Center for Artistic Sensibilities