places of rest / 2012
"Places of rest" studies all the small chapels, crosses or diverse prayer spots that I came across during my passing by foot of Belgium from West to East (from Mennen to Beringen), during the Sideways festival.
These constructions or alterations of certain spaces can be found either in crossings or close to main roads, on sides of buildings. They offer a feeling of repetition to the one passing by, with slight differences of design.
As they are not only mere architectural residues of a former culture, but hold a strong connection to the Belgians that inhabit the spaces close to them, they are a reflection of the ones that take care, reconstruct, repair and build other new praying spots.
They answer to the human wish of having holiness close by, to be touched in a way by the material representation of the immaterial perfection.
This project was brought to life thanks to the support given by ICR Bruxelles (the Romanian Cultural Institute from Bruxelles) and Sideways festival.