Be-Part presents Tinus Vermeersch and Santiago Borja

In this universe we often find traces of a human presence, yet it is characterized by a sense of seclusiveness.


Santiago Borja totemic sampler
From July 28, 2019 until October 6, 2019
Be-Part Kortrijk presents a duo exhibition this summer with work by the Belgian artist Tinus Vermeersch (° 1976, Kortrijk) and the Mexican artist Santiago Borja (° 1970, Mexico City). Although both artists come from a completely different cultures and each have a different visual language, they both work for the exhibition around the idea of ​​covering or protection.
In Be-Part Kortrijk, young Belgian Tinus Vermeersch creates his own surrealistic universe - a mysterious microcosm - based on drawings, paintings, sculptures and ceramics. Both the materials that Vermeersch uses and his visual language remind us of lost times. The figures in his works can thus walk into a painting by Jeroen Bosch. He also calls these figures Tegumen, which in Latin means "cover" or "protection."
Santiago Borja, on the other hand, places a monumental work consisting of a wooden, tent-shaped structure that is covered by woven pieces of fabric. The patterns of the fabric refer to both traditional Mexican fabrics and to modern patterns from the Bauhaus and to 19th-century embroidery. The shape of the wooden structure goes back to a diagram from the work The Savage Mind by anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, but Totemic Sampler also looks a lot like a nomadic tent.
The affinity with artisanal techniques is also reflected in Vermeersch, who paints with tempera - which he often mixes himself - and who applies his drawings very layered with ink. The hundreds of ceramic tiles that can be seen in the exhibition were all painted by hand. Producing this extensive collection of unique tiles is almost monks' work.
28 July - 6 October 2019
Santiago Borja rug detail
Santiago Borja tapestry
Tinus Vermeersch tiles
Tinus Vermeersch tiles
Tinus Vermeersch, Untitled, oil on panel, 32 x 40.5 cm
Tinus Vermeersch, Untitled, oil on panel, 39.5 x 40.5 cm
Tinus Vermeersch, Untitled, oil on panel, 30 x 38.5 cm