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HOME

2016, 11'20", video 16:9, color, stereo, HD
WITH THE SUPPORT OF - Centrale for Contemporary Art, Flemish Community, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media
DISTRIBUTION & PRESERVATION - ARGOS Centre for Art and Media

On the walls of the local Belgian Club in Delhi, Ontario (Canada) hangs a banal painting portraying Saint Catherine's Square, a square in the heart of the Belgian capital Brussels. Depicting this specific place the painting evokes the memory connected to it for the many Belgian immigrants in this particular Canadian region, which helps defining and enhancing the community's identity.
In home the camera starts from the level of the video pixel, an extreme close-up of the painting, and slowly travels backwards revealing the texture of paint and finally the architecture of the space, the interior in which this exterior was placed. The gaze of the viewer constantly shifts, from the abstract to the picturesque and to the real. Gradually the whole context is being revealed and metaphorically illustrates the concept of communities (essentially imaginary, artificial and idealised), the construction of national identity and the potential loss of it after migration. Both realities, Brussels and Canada, are connected by the sound, which mutates from the busy square in Brussels to the deserted spaces of the club of the Belgian diaspora.
home travels from the detailed and vivid memory of a place and time once called home, to the vague and blurred remains of this memory, which got exchanged for a new reality, a new home.
Now shortly before the Delhi Belgian Club closes down for good we're allowed to cast one last glance at what once has been and what is about to disappear forever.
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comNUties - Thresholds / Seuils / Drempels - ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, Brussels (BE), curated by Ive Stevenheydens & Ma´tÚ Vissault, 2017
Dobra Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental, Rio de Janeiro (BR), 2017
Bxl Universel - Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris (FR), curated by Carine Fol, 2017
Experimental - West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Festival, Morgantown (US), 2017
It's My (Private) Life - Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick (UK), 2017
Bxl Universel - Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels (BE), curator Carine Fol, 2016