This year not only the Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ypres will be commemorated but 1917 was also the year the United States of America declared war on Germany.
The right moment, therefore, to invite Wilmer Wilson IV, a young American artist, as the artist-in-residence 2017.
Born in Richmond, VA, he studied photography at Howard University and obtained his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. He now lives and works in Philadelphia.
Thanks to the generous support of Brussels Airlines, the artist can already prepare for his residency during a first short stay in Ypres, to get acquainted with the history of WW1, the museum’s approach, the region (Flanders – Flanders Fields) and other matters that can help to inspire the creative production.
His residency will result in an exhibition in the In Flanders Fields Museum from July 1 2017 until January 7 2018 and a publication.