Says the hand to the eye: look here, I am holding a friend, holding my child, I am holding on to my charm, to the clothing they asked me to take off, to the sword they gave me. I am hanging limp from the chair’s back, laying in my bodies lap. I am open, I am closed, I am stressed, I am resigned.
The eye to the hand: I feel you, sister.
You look young. You look old. You look strong and powerful to me.
Turn the handle for me, hand. Keep on turning. Let me look into the light and the chemicals that draw your trace.
In preparation of the work Vitrine#5 : Deconstructing by nature, Loes and I went out into the sun to get some Rhein wasser that will help us deconstruct some colonial images. The images I re-filmed and developed on 16mm film for this work are 19th Century photographs from the Rautenstrauch-Joest museum archive that illustrate the unequal power relations between colonizers and colonized.
The work itself is on display at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum in Köln, in Blickpunkt, until July 21st 2019.
NOISY IMAGES in Köln 5/5 – 16/6
The exhibition NOISY IMAGES investigates the mechanisms of colonial photography with four installations that result from Antje Van Wichelens research on colonial photo archives of institutions such as Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Quai Branly, Africa Museum Tervuren, Wereldculturen.nl, Pitt Rivers Museum, etc. The works presented are realised in close collaboration with Rokia Bamba (sound installation for Noisy Images), Michael Murtaugh & Nicolas Maleve (co-created The Recognition Machine), Loes Jacobs (nadine – production), architect Jonathan Haehn, and curator Lucia Halder.
NOISY IMAGES opens on Sunday 5 May at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, in the framework of the Photoszene Festival in Cologne and can be visited until 16 June.
more info: nadine.be, festival.photoszene.de
Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum – Cäcilienstr. 35, 50676 Cologne Germany
NOISY IMAGES is supported by Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Rautenstrauch Joest Museum, Photoszene Festival, Workspace Brussels, Gemeente Elsene, Constant vzw, LABO BXL, L’abominable, Moleskine, and nadine vzw,.
A video impression of the fourth and cosiest debate of the series.
21C/19C_Procedures for Anthropometric Image Reversal is a performative 16mm film work on the painful colonial archive, specifically the anthropometric photography of 1860-1900. read more…
21C/19C_Procedures for Anthropometric Image Reversal is a performative 16mm filmwork on the painful colonial archive, specfically the anthropometric photography of 1860-1900. read more…
This debate took place at KAOS in Ixelles, Brussels. KAOS is a wonderful place, a gallery involved in art and psychiatry. It was September 20, 2017. read more…
I will work as a resident in the framework of the Photoszene festival in Cologne. The residency will start with the 2018 festival in september. It will build up to an exhibition in the next Photoszene, in may and june 2019. read more…
After three very different debates, we will focus with a smaller crowd on some very disturbing images and how to handle these in an artwork. To do this, we are warmly welcomed by Jane Amegah at her Salon de coiffure Akwaba. read more…