For this Conversation Piece, 1646 invited curator Valerie Verhack to compile an evening inspired by and engaging with the current show by Shelly Nadashi.
For this event she has chosen to invite Antwerp based artist Gerard Herman to present a puppet theatre performance in which his interests in language, absurdist humour, traditional folk music and theatre are key.
After the performance there was an informal talk between Valerie Verhack and Gerard Herman.
The work of the Belgian artist Gerard Herman (1989) is difficult to categorize in a single genre or medium. Generally speaking, his everyday life and environment form the starting point of his graphic work, installations, performances, audio compositions, animated films, and radio broadcasts. By using his native language and the requisite dose of comedy, his works appear to offer bite-sized responses to human experiences like failure and success. And yet, these answers are not definitive: each work is merely an impulse that may generate further meanings.
Valerie Verhack is assistant curator at Museum M in Leuven, Belgium. She is also an editorial member of Le Salon, an online platform aimed at presenting, documenting and reflecting on the Brussels contemporary art scene (www.welcometolesalon.be). Interested in both contemporary art and the historical avant-garde, she worked as a coordinator at the Vanhaerents Art Collection and as a curator at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels.