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VASCULUM

2017, 29', 4:3, colour, sound, miniDV transferred to HD
single screen film / dual screen installation
French spoken, English subtitled

WITH THE SUPPORT OF - Emile Van Dorenmuseum, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, ARGOS Centre for Art and Media, C-mine Cultuurcentrum, Flemish Community

In speaking about what's far, exotic and unknown lies what's close and familiar. vasculum turns to the central region of the province of Limburg in Flanders, Belgium, my own native land. In the twentieth century it was known for its coal mining. Here it finds itself between appearing and disappearing, between the utopic and the dystopic, amidst efforts of preservation. Situated at a socio-economic turning point in history this place is approached through adaptations of reports from Belgian botanical expeditions traveling to the area from Brussels and Liège between 1865 and 1913. Linked with present day's images framing and reframing the iconic coal mining slag heaps which dominate the region's landscape, this text forms a narrative thread speaking from the different characters that ever crossed this land in an attempt to appropriate it in many ways: explorers, imperialists, colonisers, scientists, artists, industrialists, immigrants, tourists. The applied methodologies of image making and storytelling facilitate a reinterpretation of history and reveal a new understanding of the present. Now, just like then, this landscape and its cultures still find themselves in a fragile position, as they are under threat again of exploitation, globalisation and reconversion.
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Inspiratie: Landschap - C-Mine cultuurcentrum, Genk (BE)
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Collection of Emile Van Dorenmuseum, Genk (BE)