Visit the lord at your own risk – De Refter, Ubbergen (2009)
Wine and water are the main ingredients of this performance, staged at the opening of the exhibition ‘Visit the Lord at Your Own Risk’. The belief in miracles has vanished from society, churches and chapels are given new destinations but the spectacle of sin, humiliation and absolution remains very much alive. Media stars, politicians and bankers proclam their ‘mea culpa’ only to continue as if nothing ever happened. My procession of penitence leads to an empty apsis; the altar has been removed and my pleas are met with silence.