The Ninth Wave, 2018


The Ninth WaveIn her work, Edith Dekyndt sheds light on the natural circuit of ecosystems at both micro- and macrolevels. The Ninth Wave is an homage to the serene Westfront monument to World War I. The sculpture stands at the sluice gate complex ‘De Ganzenpoot’, the crossroads between the North Sea and the Yser (IJzer) River and the spot where the Germans’ advance was halted. Thanks to that intervention, France was spared in World War I while Nieuwpoort itself was nearly completely destroyed.

This work by Dekyndt is a live performance, an action that is regularly repeated and is also available on video. It shows a woman cleaning the virile statue of Albert I at regular intervals, a reference to the impact of World War I on the lives of women. Though women did not fight on the front, they replaced the men in the factories and farms. After the war, many women decided no longer to fulfil the expectation that they would largely be stay-at-home mothers and bear many children, partly for fear that their children might die in a war. The title of the work is named for side two of a 1985 album by Kate Bush. The suite of songs on The Ninth Wave tells the story of a woman floating on her own on the sea and waiting to be saved. According to certain seafarer traditions, large waves always come in threes, and in series of threes. The ninth and final wave is the most devastating of them all. The title also refers to the succession of waves by which the flooding of the region in 1914 was carried out.

The work consists of a live action at the monument and a video at the entrance of the museum. The live action takes place very Saturday and Sunday and in July and August from Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00.

Live-performance cancelled from Thursday 2nd of August until Sunday 5th of August

On Sunday, the 5th of August, the 83rd National Tribute to King Albert I and the Heroes of the Yser continues in Westfront. As a result, the performance of Beaufort will not continue in the week preceding this ceremony. Thank you for your understanding.



Edith DekyndtEdith Dekyndt

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Edith Dekyndt has recently had solo exhibitions at the Carl Freedman Gallery, London, United Kingdom (2017), Wiels, Brussels (2016), and Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2015). She participated in group exhibitions including Océan, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2018), Belgian Art Prize 2017, Bozar, Brussels (2017), Viva! Arte! Viva!, 57th Art Biennale, Venice, Italy (2017) and Love Song and Chronology of Tears, Academy of Arts, Berlin, Germany (2015).


Westfront, Kustweg 2, Nieuwpoort

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  • Walking node: 1

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