We are delighted to present the exhibition ‘Onderweg/On the Way’ by visual artists/ curators Els Borghart and Declan Kelly. Over the past 12 months Declan Kelly and Els Borghart together and with NeXus Arts have been working behind the scenes on a new strand in their practice revolving around questioning and researching the role of curator/ artist or artist/ curator. This resulted in an exhibition culminating both their curatorial and artists practices in one project.
The creative Belgian-Irish duo Els Borghart and Declan Kelly have been working and travelling the world together for over 10 years. Both artists/ curators find constant inspiration in their many journeys and adventures often having similar starting points for new projects and bodies of work: The world in transition with its many in-between spaces and changing identities. The historic and current context of Ireland, with its history of migration and immigration, combined with their common search for a home, raises questions about the identity of a nation, as well as the identity of the individual, and this in the context of the past, the present and the future. Those questions formed the inspiration for this exhibition, which they approached through their personal perspectives, reveries and challenges.
The exhibition in Galerie de Wandelgangen runs from the 13th of September until the 31st of October 2015 and is the result of their artist/curator residencies in Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan and Cill Rialaig Arts Centre in County Kerry. This project was realised with the financial support of Create Louth/ Louth County Council in Ireland and the logistical support of Gemeente Nevele in Belgium. In the autumn of 2016 this exhibition travelled to the Basement Gallery in Dundalk (Ireland).