Go Away Sorrow of the World - large
A banner is mounted on a large lighting pole that reads 'Go away sorrow of the world', a mantra which they developed in 2008. The mantra works as a shadow whose concept always remains the same but whose physical carrier changes from time to time. It has been incorporated in a ritual, built into a foldable wooden suitcase, made into a pin and carved into a custom-made brick. This installation is by far the largest and projects a message of hope throughout the inner city of Leuven.
The presentation of this work is part of the exhibition project As you think so shall you become, in which Frank&Robbert Robbert&Frank invade the public space of Leuven with several interventions between February and June 2022.
Curator: Karen Verschooren
With the support of the City of Leuven and Groendienst Leuven
The official inauguration of this work took place on Saturday 12 February in Sluispark Leuven, in the presence of:
Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert (the artists)
Stéfanie Lambrechts (project manager creative sectors City of Leuven)
Denise Vandevoort (Alderwoman of culture City of Leuven)
Pictures of the official opening Ⓒ Joeri Thiry / STUK kunstencentrum
Since 2012, Frank and Robbert go through life as the artist duo Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert. This intense collaboration forms the basis for their artistic practice and symbolizes their vision on friendship, collectivity, interplay and knowledge sharing. Together, they realise a multidisciplinary body of works, containing objects, prints, installations, videos, actions in public places and cross-over performances on the border between arts and theatre. With their works, they actively relate to the global society and formulate questions and poetical alternatives. Their work has been presented in solo exhibitions in a.o. Fred&Ferry Gallery (Antwerp), Croxhapox (Ghent), Netwerk (Aalst), Lage Egal Gallery (Berlin), Buda (Kortrijk) and Be-Part (Waregem), and in group shows in a.o. Baro Gallery (Sao Paulo), Charlama Contemporary Art Gallery (Sarajevo), Panthera Art Space (Brussels), Belvédère (Rotterdam), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Dr. Guislain Museum (Ghent) and BOZAR (Brussels).
They graduated with a master’s degree in visual arts from KASK Ghent in 2012. Since January 2021, they are represented by Fred&Ferry Gallery (Antwerp).
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