A brand new Horst Expo is set to unravel in the bewildering Asiat Park, titled ‘To Have or To Hold’. It entails site-specific commissions that tap into today’s reality and the future potential of the site. With some of the works that are designed to complement Asiat for a longer period, the expo surpasses the temporality of the exhibition-format.
Since 2019, arts and culture have been given plenty of space to sprout in Asiat Park. Over the last months, 51N4E has been working together with Plant en Houtgoedto depave and redevelop the open space in order to turn this former military site into a public park where urban infrastructure and nature coexist and yearly new artworks arise. Eight visual artists and collectives have been given free reign in and around Asiat Park to question the defining role of human interference. From site-specific commissions that physically intervene on the context to digital interpretations that shine a contemporary light on appropriation and solidarity. An exhibition that brings together the natural world, the human mind and technology to offer the possibility of stepping back, observing and perhaps re-setting patterns.
While to have, closely associated with ownership and possession might imply a one sided relationship, the act of holding implies caring for the other. By questioning what it means ‘to have or to hold, the exhibition advocates for the focus on relationality.