Each year at the end of winter, the Romanian Carpathians welcome a parade of dancing bears, symbolising good luck and new beginnings. Participants conceal themsel- ves in bear skins and go door-to-door, growling in tune with percussion and singing, to ward off the evil eye.
Artists Casper Fitzhue (°1990, Bucharest) and Bart van Dijck (°1974, Bonheiden) had the opportunity to participate in this ritual dating back to the Dacians. Its transformative aspect is the starting point for their exhibition URS GEEST (‘bear’s spirit’) , which will in turn be announced door-to-door by the artists. In collaboration with a distillery in Hasselt, they have developed a gin based on the plants bears eat at the end of their hibernation in order to revive their strength. Combining local and Romanian traditions, they create a unique rite of passage.
Curator : Louise Osieka