Sandra Heremans was always fascinated by the force of the (moving) image. She studied firstly an MA in Art History and afterwards an MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Both of her master’s theses focused on the anthropological perspective in art theory by art theoretician Aby Warburg.
Her project will reflect on her strong relationship with her father and on the archive that her father left her. The following collection of documents contains a great collection of pictures, letters, books, attestations and footage. These materials are the witnesses of his past life and attest his changed way of seeing the world. Her Belgian father arrived in the 60’s for the first time in Rwanda as a missionary (Witte Pater) and decided later to end his religious life to marry her Rwandan mother. This documentation of his life abruptly ends some months before April 1994, the moment of the genocide. All of the family had to move unplanned to Belgium.
explores imaginations; figurines created, images projected and coinciding invisibility, to understand the phantoms and voids which haunt the Dutch cultural archive.
creates the situation,
and, then, the situation
It may, of course,
be the other way around:
Columbus was discovered
by what he found.
— James Baldwin
My engagement with SIC is part of a larger practice-based research on identity in-between-ness. Through objects, contexts, associated meanings, and the eyes of the spectator, I explore ambiguous hybrid cultural bodies. Within the space of ambiguity, the spectator becomes actor in defining what he/she sees or understands. Presently in the form of performance, the research wishes to reflect in the audio-visual medium — to touch upon values, customs, and relationships that are at the margins of familiar. Embracing in-between-ness, I seek a people or place to which I belong.
Michel enjoys performing her own creations involving rewriting scars, brick-laying her body, dressing her feet with candle holders, teaching French while speaking fake Chinese... Such works root from her practices on tracing resistance, framing identity, and embodying objects, spectres, and nothing.