Mount Olympus, a 24 hour theatre performance to "Glorify The Cult Of Tragedy" by visionary Flemish Artist Jan Fabre, took 12 months rehearsals with 27 Warriors Of beauty to create. The exhibition & companion film feature length art film "Surrender" was shot entirely by hand on a single camera and a crew of one.

The images and movie captured onstage, backstage and in Fabre's private Atelier offer a quiet & intimate glimpse of the human body when it truly surrenders and reveals its truth.

The photos are so powerful that they present painting-like characteristics. In these works, Phil Griffin successfully combines drama, fragility and stability in an utterly unique manner that is all his own.

The companion and trigger of the exhibition is the film Surrender created during an extended period as artist in residence at Troubleyn.

In this, the photos become moving images. It depicts a wonderful conversation between two artists who have not seen each other for nearly 30 years. A conversation of revelation, epiphany and precision to the concept of honesty as a life choice, the film is a conversation that is both verbal and non-verbal. Surrender on film and in single art image conveys a feeling of a life: time, (I'm)mortality and the final surrender of man not only to his fears but also to his true potential.




"In my view, ugliness is the hiding of wounds, anger, tears and anxieties."

Exhibition details

Leopoldstraat 57

2000 Antwerp - Belgium
T. +32 3 283 04 20
W. Website

03 Sept - 16 Oct 2016

Public opening:
03 Sept 2016
6pm - 9pm.
(in the presence of the artist)

27 Aug, 28 Aug 2016

On the occasion of the performance of Mount Olympus at the Bourla Schouwburg theatre in Antwerp, the gallery and the presentation will be open 24 hours a day on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 August.

An exhibition catalogue will be available.

“I believe this Surrender series is about truly giving in to a shared vulnerability. About finding trust in letting go. As a process, I believe that only by offering my own vulnerability will my collaborator offer me their own. This presents in the form of a deep truth shared between us. It is sometimes ephemeral, intangible, even disturbing, but always deeply open. Often the portraits feel like conversations rather than photographs, like feelings rather than pictures. For me, it is the single moment that both I as observer and performer as observed relinquish all power and for one single moment trust in each other completely that our shared truth with all its fear, hope, tragedy and beauty can be revealed.”

- Phil Griffin