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This edition was made for the exhibition “Christophe Terlinden, mais pourquoi?”, held at the Museum of Contemporary Arts – MAC’s, Grand-Hornu in 2011. It is representative of the approach of Christophe Terlinden, who proceeds with a certain malice proper to childhood, proposing seemingly innocuous gestures that often have wider political or social dimensions. Parodying common materialistic dreams, of “when we will be rich,” under a golden truck that seems to have been drawn by a child, Christophe Terlinden has annotated in pencil the ironic phrase “when we will be poor, we will live in a barrack on a slag heap “; with highly minimal formal means, his works are rich in meaning.
The MAC’s is housed within the former Grand-Hornu colliery, a monument of European industrial heritage that was designated as UNESCO world heritage in 2012. Since the museum opened in 2002, it has welcomed over a million visitors, produced more than 85 exhibitions and promoted numerous artists from the region.