Clothe the naked - Jan van Esch

Jan van Esch ( Netherlands )

The works of mercy tell us to give; Feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, ransom the captive and finally bury the dead. But who can explain how to receive without being snared by the treacherous wonder of the gift? Because as we have known for centuries, every present given always expects one in return.

At ZKU Jan will work through a pile of discarded high-end brand dress shirts, donated as gifts in the west, transformed to merchandise in the south and brought back north as relics of the international development business. During the residency these collected remnants will be examined, investigated and captured in different media. A series of rites de passage will reform them into new gifts to be donated to those who dare to accept.