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 Delhi Belgian Club in Ontario, Canada, hangs a painting depicting Saint Catherine Square, a square in the heart of Belgian's capital Brussels. For the many Belgian immigrants in this Canadian region the painting evokes the memory connected to it, which helps to define and enhance the community's identity. home metaphorically illustrates the concept of communities, the construction of national identity and its potential loss after migration. Both realities, Brussels and Canada, are connected by the sound, which mutates from the busy square in Brussels to the deserted space of the club of the Belgian diaspora. This work 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. At the point when the first generations of Belgian immigrants started vanishing, the Delhi Belgian Club gradually stopped its activities. In this film we're allowed to cast one last glance at what once has been and is about to disappear forever now cultural assimilation has set in. As an era came to an end the club closed down for good soon after and the building was ultimately demolished.
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