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For the exhibition, Celibatair Divas at Herkenrode Refuge, Sara Bomans has taken up her practice of drawing with human hair. The drawings, with the umbrella title ‘I used to be sexy’, focus as usual in her work, on the fragility of human beings.

Celibatair Divas takes place in a former abbey and focusses on the idea of its original inhabitants who were nuns, caretakers and confidants, but equally entrepreneurs, landowners and capital managers. A bleeding catholic wafer enabled them from 1317 onwards to develop the abbey of Herkenrode into the largest pilgrimage centre of the low countries.

Starting during the so-called Virga Jesse Festivities that celebrate the story of the bleeding wafer, the exhibition takes place in the refuge that was constructed by the absis Mechtildis de Lechy (1520-1548). It discusses aspects like “power, richness, escapism, diversity, identity, knowledge, superstition, conviction, searching, emotion, passion, consolation, pain”. The invited artists, a mixture of internationally established and upcoming talents, are invited to show their vision on the current tensions between the worldly and the spiritual.

Other artists showing work are amongst others, Miles Aldridge, Nick Ervinck, Koen Vanmechelen, Erwin Olaf, Hans Op de Beeck, Trees de Mits, Jim Dine, Nan Goldin, Vanessa Beecroft, Peter de Cupere, Maria Roosen, Rudi Knoops and Frederik de Wilde.

The project is organised in collaboration with art gallery De Mijlpaal.

Celibatair Divas runs from Saturday 1 July until Sunday 3 September 2017

Opening hours
2 July until 4 August; 21 August until 3 September:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 2 – 6 PM

5 Augustus until 20 August (during the Virga Jesse Festivities):
Daily 2 PM – 6 PM and by appointment

at Herkenrode Refuge, Maastrichterstraat 100, Hasselt, Belgium

More info on the website here


As part of her artistic network project PReTT, Sara Bomans has developed a playful Dutch-Belgian encounter that will take place on Friday 26th May in The Fabriek in Eindhoven (NL). A Dutch and a Belgian team of artists will cross their swords or rather their pencils in a friendly match. They will develop works that will either present a reconciliation or a clash between the two countries. All works will be for sale against a friendly price in the evening.

In the Belgian team Sara BOMANS  / Pablo HANNON / Barry CAMPS / Hallveig AGUSTDOTTIR / Kristien DIRKX / Hans GEYENS / Jenny STIEGLITZ / Nele BOLLEN / Sam BALLET / Wout MELVIN SCHILDERMANS.

In the Dutch team Cathelijn VAN GOOR / Vincent BIJLEVELD / Gijs SCHOLTEN / Rob LOOMAN / Hanneke WETZER/ Roland SOHIER / Merel BARENDS / Marit DIK / Jans MUSKEE / ARGIBALD / Remco ROES / Chantal BREUKERS.

Possible tactics can be seen in the image above.

The encounter takes place in De Fabriek, Eindhoven and can be visited on Friday evening 26th May from 8pm.

secret-thoughts-iza Sara Bomans, Secret Thoughts (2017)


Sara Bomans was selected to take part in the exhibition Living in Dreams, opening this Saturday at De Bond in Bruges (B). The group exhibition focusses on the interaction of imagination, dream and reality. Other artists on show are amongst others Kendell Geers, Heidi Voet and Bedwyr Williams.

The exhibition, made by guest curators Els Fiers and Frank Koolen, runs until Sunday 23 April 2017 and is open daily from 1-6pm, closed on Tuesdays.

De Bond, Buiten Smedenvest 1, 8000 Bruges
More information (in Dutch) here.


Sara lives

On Thursday 6 August Sara BOMANS opens her exhibition All Over The Place at Het Kabinet in Hasselt Belgium. The walls will be covered with her drawings. The 572 drawings of the series ‘Secret Thought’, a shameless kind of diary, will be for sale for €10, but only straight from Sara herself. Drawings that are sold are taken down immediately but can still be seen in the ‘(not very) secret thoughts – the book’.

Also on show will be the ‘Red Series’ in collaboration with Robert Quint and the ZEN series in collaboration with Remco Roes.

The show runs until 30 August at CIAP vzw, Lombaardstraat 23, B-3500 Hasselt | (T) +32 (0)11 22 53 21 | (E)



SB-what-makes-an-office-2 TLRR-duizeling-en-orientatie

Sara BOMANS and Remco ROES join a large host of other artists (amongst which Anish KAPOOR and Jan FABRE) in an exhibition that celebrates office culture but not as you know it.

BOMANS shows a series of 30 small drawings titled ‘What Makes an Office?’ whereas ROES collaborates with Tom LAMBEENS in an installation with the intriguing title “False prelude on vertigo and orientation’.

#outofoffice is organised by Art Gallery De Mijlpaal, for this occasion at Zeedijk 816, Knokke, Belgium and runs until 16 September. More info here.


ik wil hem zijn_web Ik wil hem zijn/I want to be him

Sara BOMANS is showing three of her hair drawings in the group exhibition Under the Skin that runs from 30 May to 30 September 2015 at Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL. The exhibition brings together sculptures, installations and films about vulnerability, life, pain and protection, all using a form of textile.

Other artists are amongst others Karin Arink (NL), Madeleine Berkhemer (NL), Berlinde De Bruyckere (B), Rebecca Horn (D), Grayson Perry (GB), and Erwin Wurm (AT).



From Thursday 21 May until end of June Sara BOMANS is showing a selection of her tongue-in-cheek drawings from her Secret Thoughts series  at Stulens Home to Offices in Hasselt, Belgium together with David Vandecan and Bart Schoofs. Opening this Thursday from 6-10pm at Gouverneur Roppesingel 165, 3500 Hasselt.

More info (in Dutch).


SB-capture-002-small Sara BOMANS, Capture, 2011

Sara BOMANS is showing a series of performative photographs that she realised in collaboration with Remco ROES. Under the title ‘Capture’ the series shows the mix of humorous and simultaneous serious struggle with (something in) life that BOMANS has become famous for and that is equally mystifying as aesthetically pleasing in its white-on-white colour scheme.

The exhibition The Mythe in Me, which opens today, brings together 50 artists from a wide variety of backgrounds showing very different approaches to the subject of the exhibition. One of BOMANS‘ works was chosen to be on the poster for the show.

The Mythe in Me runs until 31 May in the Durmetuin, Gentstraat 125, Tielrode, Belgium and is open on Saturdays from 1-6pm and on Sundays from 11-6. There are nocturnes every Tuesday from 7.30pm. Entrance is free.

More info in Dutch. Find the complete series of ‘Capture’ on Sara BOMANS’s website.