THE STARTING POINT by Nathalie Vanheule
performance at Palazzo Stucky, Venice (IT)
curator Chiara Isadora Artico, for Iodiposito
actress: Astrid Haerens
assistant: Gill Van Eeckhout
pictures by iodiposito, Astrid Haerens and Nathalie Vanheule

"Fear is the ultimate attraction. Fear is an end and a beginning.
We have so much to discover So much more to hide.
The starting point is somewhere in the middle"

Nathalie Vanheule is a Belgian contemporary artist whose multimedia work encompasses performance, sculptures, and video installations.
Vanheule’s work demonstrates a powerful collision of forces that make permanent the momentary interactions between different textures and means. The collisions create a layering effect that, instead of masking, far more reveals what is underneath. The layering plays with notions of revealing, suppressing and hiding.
The dramatic interactions reveal raw vulnerability and emotions in the midst of destruction and chaos. Illusions are unmasked in the Belgian artist’s work, but still play on fantasy and reality through the dream-like otherworldliness evoked from the variance of opacities she uses. There is a perverse sense of ideal beauty, in its imperfect perfection.
For the performance ‘ the starting point’, Vanheule based the lyrics of on one of her poems when she was nearly 18..’ Fear is an end and a beginning, the starting point is somewhere in the middle’
The performance shows us the circle of changes in our life, often covered or denied. She Shows gently the attention on the transformations we all can feel around us and inside. It is a kind of a rebirth, like botticelli’s Venus during the renaissance.
We feel the transformation is happening in the world, we are looking for harmony, sharing and emotional enrichment. Every little change brings us a feeling of fear. We need to conquer this fear and understand it is ok to be a bit lost from time to time. It is ok to feel change. There is no end, only starting points.