COLLAGE ON VIEW
The Green Fairy: All Aboard!
at Gare Maritime in Brussels, Belgium
15 July-31 August 2021
The exhibition title, “All Aboard!”, refers to the great desire of many people to be able to travel again after/with all the travel restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The title also refers to the location of the expo, Gare Maritime, the former monumental railway freight station on the Tour & Taxis site in Brussels that has recently been renovated into a contemporary covered city district. Covering an area of 4 hectares, the Gare Maritime was, around 1900, the largest railway freight station in Europe with, among other things, a direct train connection to the port of Antwerp from where boats departed for distant destinations.
“All Aboard!” is a call to alert passengers to board a ship, train, plane or bus that is about to depart. The association with “get here fast or you’ll get left behind!” also reflects the feeling that it is “now or never” to get out and about this summer. The circles that feature prominently in this expo refer to “pilOttOttOmaticO” a side project of The Green Fairy in which the collage artist collects “circles” in public spaces and has been publishing a “circle of the day” every day for almost 800 days, like pebbles on a mapped route to unknown destinations.
The exhibition is presented on the windows of the empty shop spaces in the central hall of the Gare Maritime and complements the summer cultural programme “Summer of T&T”, which will run all summer long on the Tour & Taxis site.
The Green Fairy is the stage name of former Member of Parliament Annemie Mae, who has been active as a collage artist in recent years with her colourful and cheerful collages. This Brussels-based artist is inspired by 60s images, retro and vintage, but often with an underlying social message. With “All Aboard!”, she shares the desire of many to be able to travel carefree again.
(text adapted from the artist’s press materials)
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