Colin Waeghe

2014

Nobody but you

Colin Waeghe has been living in Leipzig since 2013. This makes an impression on an artist, that is to say a sensitive sensory system. The current coloured facades nonetheless betray the East German period. Do walls still have ears? The traces of the curtain have not yet been erased. Your steps are slightly more cautious when you walk in town, for fear to get caught in the mill. Aren't people being followed, eavesdropped on? That is certainly the case once you have visited the 'Museum in der Runden Ecke'. You do not feel too well for a spell. 'In the round corner' was not the name of a catering firm, like the 'Scheve lavabo' in Brussels, but the headquarters of the Stasi, the secret police. The rooms have not been embellished; they have remained the way they were left in 1989. That sets the tone. There are moreover all sorts of materials that attest to how inventive man can be when it comes to repressing fellow human beings who have different opinions and limiting the freedom to express them. How clever people can be when they want to find out secrets and to spy. And how people under duress can become more articulate without any lessons in diction, but through precise techniques that are not easily forgotten. Colin Waeghe visits the museum regularly and puts his impressions on canvas. That is the theme of this series. Entitled 'Nobody but you', it sounds like an advertising or propaganda slogan: 'Nobody but you can make the difference' 'vote for us or buy our product'. What lingers is the penetration of the message in the private domain and the appropriation thereof.

Model Termin 70X100cm, oil on canvas

Model Termin 70X100cm, oil on canvas

Kommunikation in blau 50X60cm, oil on canvas

Kommunikation in blau 50X60cm, oil on canvas

Kommunikation in grün 50X60cm, oil on canvas

Kommunikation in grün 50X60cm, oil on canvas

Kommunikation in rot 50X60cm, oil on canvas

Kommunikation in rot 50X60cm, oil on canvas

Model Bahnhof 70X100 2014, oil on canvas

Model Bahnhof 70X100 2014, oil on canvas

Model Cradle 24X30cm, oil on canvas

Model Cradle 24X30cm, oil on canvas

Model Sicherheit 120x130cm, oil on canvas

Model Sicherheit 120x130cm, oil on canvas

Event#1 Dyptich 24X30cm, oil on canvas

Event#1 Dyptich 24X30cm, oil on canvas

Event#1 Dyptich 24X30cm, oil on canvas

Event#1 Dyptich 24X30cm, oil on canvas