CARTE BLANCHE #1
LOVE AFTER LOVE
Curated by Wumen

April 8th – May 6th, 2023
Love After Love, is about coming back home to oneself after a long-life journey of longing for love but with empty hands and broken hearts. It assured that people can rediscover a durable, sustaining love. Moreover, this love won’t stem from vanity or illusion but rather from the mature appreciation of all one's life has to offer. 

 From the place that is the world, 2021, by Rik Meijers

“Love After Love” promises that the end of one love won’t be the end of all love—that love, in fact, is something continuous and renewable. Using images of “wine” and “bread” (reminiscent of the Christian ritual of Holy Communion) to suggest that getting reacquainted with yourself entails a kind of deeply spiritual, and even holy, connection.
Artists invited will present their interpretation/ question of renewable love, reconnection with oneself, and soul cleansing.


Dear Mystery. For Jean-Christophe, 2015, by Elly Strik

Love After Love
The time will come when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life

Derek Walcott 



ARTISTS
Catelijne Boele
Dimitris Gketsis
Elly Strik
Joseph Thabang Palframan
Juwon Lee
Karin Kytökangas
Lema Ahmadi
Leyla de Muynck
Rik Meijers
Ronald Ophuis
Wumen
Yang-ha




Wumen is an painter and independent curator based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is the founder of Sirius Initiative, a co-creation art platform focusing on accelerating climate-conscious social change.

As a Mongolian growing up in Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia, Wumen is a daughter of the grasslands. Everything she holds dear to her heart is a gift from this generous nature.

Her curatorial interests revolve around human kindness and vulnerability in our time.