For this project, 1646 invited Belgian curator and writer Hans Theys, to make an exhibition with his favorite art works, and he was invited to fulfill this role as an artist, not a curator. His approach towards understanding artworks, towards the presentation of artworks and the visual and content combinations that intuitively appear between the artworks align with 1646’s artistic vision.
Hans Theys describes his vision as follows:
“Artists see ghosts, because the conventional images that they are supposed to drape over reality, do not convince them. The old way of looking at things no longer works for them. Reality … presents itself as unrecognizable, unknowable, untamed and uncontrollable.
On the other hand, artists have the ability to see structures where there are none. Their new shapes move us, because they seem to broaden our world by showing us a new way to look at things. We are moved because we recognize the fragile and unstable world that we vaguely remember from our childhood, when things had no fixed form or name; or the world of our dreams, in which that unstable world continues to exist freely”.
In Over Spoken, Monsters, Flesgeesten En Andere Scheve Verschijningen Theys showed works by Ann Veronica Janssens, Bart Lodewijks, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Bernd Lohaus, Damien De Lepeleire, Dirk Braeckman, Elly Strik, gerlach en koop, Johan De Wilde, Julia Wlodkowski, Kati Heck, Nadia Naveau, Nathalie Guilmot, Raoul De Keyser, Rein Dufait, Ronald Ophuis, Walter Swennen and Tamara Van San.
Tamara Van San and Bart Lodewijks created new works on location, and the rest of the works were a selection of existing works.