BIE MICHELS & MARIE VOIGNIER – ‘DIALOGUING GAZES’
Opening Saturday 12.05.2018 – 18:00 – 21:00
In the work of Bie Michels, based in Belgium, and the French Marie Voignier, the focus is on observing and registering the ‘other’. In their videos, photographs and sculptures, both artists openly question their own position with regard to their subject. Juggling with narrative structures, Michels and Voignier subvert the dominant Western perspective and the myth of the unequivocal story.
For three years, Michels has been working with local craftsmen, artists and organisations in Antananarivo (Madagascar). The three-channel video installation ‘La couleur de la brique’ (2017) and a monumental brick sculpture explore the links between earth and humans, object and body, handicraft and tradition (the installation is made in collaboration with jobseekers who are currenty following mansonry training at VDAB, the public employment service of Flanders). With the installation ‘Ingahy Kama’ (2018), she fictionalizes a pioneering missionary who introduced bricks in Antananarivo. From there, Michels develops a complex anthropological narrative about economic and religious values in a (post)colonial context.
In three video installations Marie Voignier, too, analyses her position with regard to the subjects she films. ‘Hearing the Shape of a Drum’ (2011) documents the media circus that surrounded an incest court case in Austria (the Josef Fritzl case). For the press, the accused remained ‘invisible’, which forced scores of journalists to film each other. In ‘L’Hypothèse du Mokélé M’Bembé’ (2011), we cross the jungle of southeast Cameroon in search of an unknown, mythical animal. This metaphor echoes local longings in the context of contemporary Africa. For ‘Tourisme International’ (2014), Voignier travelled to North Korea. How does a dictatorial regime present itself to tourists? What kind of mise en scène does it stage? Once more, the result is a tremendous tension between the various layers of interpretation that are presented to the public.
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