TIME TO MEET is an international platform for artists dedicated to the investigation of the photographic practice. On an irregular basis, with different initiators and in various locations throughout Europe, Time to Meet brings together artists to jointly set up artistic, critical and/or curatorial projects. This collaborative and nomadic approach encourages and injects new ideas about photography into a wider artistic praxis of both the participating artists and the public. For Time to Meet, photography functions not merely as an objective but as a tool to activate the inherent stillness of the medium. The free and open exchange of positions is imperative, demonstrating a continuing adaptability to a progressive and ever-shifting medium.
At the invitation of the artists initiative Voorkamer, Time to Meet lands in the provincial town of Lier and brings together 13 artists from different artistic and geographical backgrounds for the exhibition ‚GRAIN, WOOD, FLAX, TURF’. Since all of the contributors in this edition have participated in one or more previous projects with Time to Meet, this exhibition is also a reunion of artists who have been following each other for several years.
The title of the exhibition ‚Grain, Wood Flax, Turf’ finds its origin within the historical site where the exhibition will take place and where Voorkamer is housed: 'The Holy Ghost Site’. In the 17th century people were obliged to pay 1/10th of their harvest as taxes to the church. The church would then (partly) share these incomes with the poor. The oldest building of the site dates back to 1608 and functioned as a warehouse for the goods and earnings of this 1/10th tax-system. The main products and raw materials that were stored were grain (to bake bread), wood (to make clogs), flax (to make linen) and turf (to heat).
The resulting presentation spreads out over the whole Holy Ghost Site and is made in close collaboration with the artists themselves. Some of them have created new, often site specific, works, while other participants are showing - and adapting versions of - existing work.
For the occasion of the exhibition, Voorkamer and Time to Meet present an edition of postcards by the participating artists.