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The broad and the narrow way

Sela ©

Group exhibition

4 July – 21 September 2008
Vleeshal Zusterstraat (Map)

Curator: Rutger Wolfson

Sela ©, ‘The broad and the narrow way’, exhibition view, 2008 | The broad and the narrow way | Sela ©

13. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate,
and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be
which go thereat

14. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way,
which leadeth unto life, and few there be
that find it.

In the exhibition ‘The broad and the narrow way’, Sela © gives an insider’s perspective on the Dutch orthodox protestant world view. The title of the exhibition is inspired by the Bible verses above (Matt. 7:13-4). This text is the core of reformed thought, and it is what inspired John Bunyan to write the book ‘The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come’ in 1678. In this book, Bunyan describes a dream about the broad and the narrow way – the broad way leads to perdition; the narrow way leads to (after)life. This book can be found in every orthodox protestant bookcase. The picture of the broad and the narrow way is well-known too.

In De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Sela © translates the metaphor of the broad and the narrow way into a spatial installation. Through powerful use of words, sounds and architecture she succeeds in evoking a powerful experience, which can provide even the uninitiated with an insight into one of the most central themes of the Dutch orthodox protestant faith.

The question of how this reformed faith can be reconciled with other worlds – such as the world of the visual arts – is a recurring theme in the work of Sela © (Liesbeth Labeur, Middelburg 1975).