Fools' Bells Fall

2 Jul 2016 – 30 Jul 2016

Event times

Wed-Sat 1-5 pm

Cost of entry


Hotel Maria Kapel (HMK)

North Holland, Netherlands


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The artists in Fools' Bells Fall reflect on the character of the fool and the position of the artist in contemporary society.


Contemporary artists find themselves at the fringes of society from where they challenge the hegemonic ideas society is based upon; the seemingly unchangeable truths that make up reality. In recent years, due to cutbacks across Europe and elsewhere, the artist has been pushed to the fringes even more than before, and as a result its position and function has come under scrutiny.

From here the connection between an artist and the archetypal character of the fool is easily made. The fool, trickster, or jester appears around the world in literature and folklore, and is one of the most persistent figures of all times. Its function is one of transgression; the perception of its behaviour as ignorant and aberrant ultimately serves to reveal hierarchies of power within the normative. Medieval court jesters are able to speak their mind in front of those in power because they are viewed as outside the norms and social bonds of everyday life.

The artists in Fools' Bells Fall reflect on the character of the fool and the position of the artist in contemporary society. By using the tactics of the fool such as humour, deception, and cunning, they use their practice to deal with and subvert the hegemony of patriarchal-capitalist society and the positions allocated to them by that same hegemony as female, queer, precarious or otherwise marginal.


Irene de Craen

Exhibiting artists

Tara McKeon

Avril Corroon

Saoirse Wall

Eimear Walshe

Kerry Guinan

Renèe Helèna Browne


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