Tell all the truth but tell it slant


Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant — is an exhibition exploring the concept of truth and the construction of knowledge, through the relation between art, technology, science and society.

This group exhibition borrows its title from Emily Dickinson’s homonymous poem, in which the poet invites us to be radically honest, but to tell the truth indirectly, at an angle, so as not to shock or overwhelm

Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

The exhibition is conceived as a series of figurative circles, each of them touching upon the truth from a different angle, with a different perspective and interpretation. The questions rising are thus varied, open and layered: from the relationship between truth and knowledge, the opposition of certainty and doubt, to the snares of lies; from the writing of history to the complexity of belief systems, passing by the role of consciousness, the mind and the body.

Next to the works of the artists, a number of scientists, philosophers, epistemologists and experts from different fields have been invited to contribute to the exhibition, offering to the public reflections, insights and considerations from the most diverse perspectives of contemporary society and trying to answer a number of questions: what is true, how is it decided, and by whom? What is the scientific method, and should it be questioned? Is science always right? And if so, what are its domains of validity? 

The strategic collaboration with the asbl Face B aims at actively involving transgenerational and often marginalised groups. By developing a programme of participative activities and moment of exchange,  Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant —  keeps into consideration a diversity of questions, interests and ideas in order include, rather than exclude, refusing a format imposed from above. Can we collectively reflect reflect on how knowledge, and therefore truth, is constructed in our society?

Sajjad Abbas (IQ) | Kim Albrecht (DE) | Mathilde Boussange (FR) | Philippe Braquenier (BE) | Peter de Cupere (BE) | Forensic Architecture (UK) | fuse* (IT) | Kiral World (Rose Tytgat) (BE) | Yannick Jacquet (FR/CH), Laurent & Manuel Talbot (BE) | David OReilly (IE) | Matthias Pitscher (DE) | Bill Posters (UK) & Daniel Howe (US) | Margerita Pulè (MT) & Elise Billiard-Pisani (FR) | Yoan Robin (FR) | TOAST (AU) | Gillian Wearing (UK)

With the participation of Maison de la Marionnette de Tournai (BE)

Scientists, researchers and experts:
Allon Bar | Brenda Bikoko (VUB) | Maarten Boudry (UGent) | Henri Broch (Université Côte d’Azur) | Axel Cleeremans (ULB) | Emmanuelle Danblon (ULB) | Marius Gilbert (ULB) | Thibaut Giraud | Eric Muraille (ULB, UNmaur) | Olivier Sartenaer (UNnamur) | Athanasia Symeonidou (HOWEST University) | Barbara Truffin (ULB) | Jean-Paul Van Bendegem (VUB) | Bavo Van Kerrebroeck (McGill University) | José Luis Wolfs (ULB) 

Photos: Silvia Cappellari

Tell all the truth but tell it slant –

26.05.23 – 09.07.23
FACE B – Rue Lebeau 18, 1000 Bruxelles
Press preview : 25.05 11am-3pm
Vernissage : 25.05 from 6pm   


Curation: Camilla Colombo
Scientific Direction: Raoul Sommeillier
Production: Camilla Colombo, Chloé Gautier
Communication: Camilla Colombo, Chrissi Pallas
Development: Nicolas Klimis, Gwen Sauvage
Construction and Technical support: Aiko Design
Cultural Mediation: FACE B
Press: Be Culture
Light Design: Colin Fincoeur
Graphic Design and printing: TAVU

Tell all the truth but tell it slant – is an exhibition by Ohme

Partners :
FACE B, Inforsciences, VUB Vice-rectorate Research – Outreach & Communication

With the support of :
Brussels Capital Region – Innoviris | Wallonia-Brussels Federation | Commission communautaire française | National Lottery | City of Bruxelles | ISDT Wernaers Fund (F.R.S.-FNRS)