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So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood #20

Christina de Vos


28 October 2018
1 – 3 pm
Geersdijk (Map)

So You Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood #20 | Christina de Vos

Sunday October 28, during the last episode of this series, Christina de Vos invided the public to her home town Geersdijk in Noord-Beveland. "To the intersection where long rows of majestic and rustling poplars have been replaced with tiny and thin trees. About 25,000 trees in Zeeland will eventually be cut since the start in 2016", said the De Vos.

She wondered: "Why don’t trees have their own patron? Even lumberjacks do (St. Erhard of Regensburg). Against the defeat, against this defeat of the defenseless, I am working on a series of atypical saints who can offer some solace against the destruction of beauty. At the same time, destruction is an essential part of my working method, which I call DESTROY BUILD DESTROY, named after an American game show in which the candidates have to create something out of a destroyed object, which is then destroyed again". Although De Vos uses fewer flames and explosions, she does use white paint and a stanley knife on a proper 'destroyday', to (re)create some emptiness.

The excursion started at Christina de Vos’ studio at Middenweg 3, Geersdijk. From Geersdijk the group headed to the Stekeldijk and Provinciale Weg. The excursion ended with a talk about DESTROY BUILD DESTROY and a mini-concert of Baby Dee who sang a song about past glory and discarded saints.


Vleeshal is an internationally oriented center for contemporary art, rooted in Zeeland. In Zeeland Focus, Vleeshal highlights regional artists, takes part in and celebrates local contemporary art and culture.

For So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighborhood, Vleeshal invited artists from Zeeland to take on the role of a compass and guide their audience to interesting and inspiring places in Zeeland. The title comes from the English translation of Patrick Modiano’s book Pour que tu ne te perds pas dans le quartier written in 2014, the year Modiano won the Nobel Prize in Literature. This series took place from 2015-2018.