For her participation in the Venice Biennale, Berlinde De Bruyckere will be entering into an unusual form of cooperation with the author J.M. Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, who will be the curator of the exhibition. He will not perform the traditional task of an artistic curator, but will act as a source of inspiration and a partner in dialogue. He is also closely involved in compiling the exhibition catalogue. Berlinde De Bruyckere and John Coetzee have admired each other’s work for years. In 2012 they published the book Allen Vlees (All Flesh), which combined her images with his writings. Their collaboration in Venice is a logical extension of this previous successful project.