21C/19C _ Procedures for Anthropometric Image Reversal _ Debate 03

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…

16 mm projection and debate

First of a series of performative projections with debate, wednesday september 20th, 7pm
KAOS Opperstraat 73 Rue Souveraine, 1050 Xl Brussels

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Contributing to Afrikadaa – Unsettling Photocollections

In Afrikadaa I publish about the artistic search I conduct on the  19th century anthropometric photocollections : the search for the context, the search for the photomaterial itself, and, most of all, the sensitive questions on how to use, by whom, and how to speak of these unsettling images. read more…

To know the pymies VIIIbis: in a changing world

The same filmmaker, Laurent Maget, made the documantary ‘Pygmées Baka, le grand virage’ in 2013. It starts with the same beautiful imagery, showing a large community of Baka in their more sedentary surroundings ‘Le Bosquet’ in Cameroun. They tell of how they got there, invited by a ‘sister’ (I presume a christian missionary) to come live there, next to a village, and create a large community. This worked, they got advantages like a school. The community attracted researchers (biologic anthropologists) who have in return a dentist pass by regularly. Then it also attracted Bantou shopkeepers. read more…

To know the pygmies VIII, working with a researcher

I finally show you something really good in the ‘To know the pygmies’ series. A documentary movie in which we follow the linguistic researcher Pascale Paulin and the Baka hunter and medicine man Sumba Ngogo Ndong Azombo Alain. First they work at the university of Lyon, then they go on a tour through the forests of Gabon. read more…

Artists – Vincent Meessen

Many artists work or have worked about the colonial thematics. I need to mention Vincent Meessen now, because he has an excellent exhibition in Ghent, running until November 17, 2013. read more…

To know the Pygmies III, Joseph Maes

How was the first information about Pygmies gathered? A creative gatherer of information was Joseph Maes, scientist at the Musée du Congo Belge, our colonial museum. read more…

To know the Pygmies II: Colin Turnbull

In 1961, the anthropologist and musicologist Colin Turnbull published his book ‘The Forest People’ after a few long stays with the nomadic Mbuti. It is a personal account of his interests and adventures at the Mbuti in the Congo. It reads like a train. I highly recommend it.  read more…

To know the Pygmies I

One of the first questions in this research was: How can I get to know the Pygmies? – meaning, without becoming an ethnographer and going to see them and knowing that I am in the first place interested in the Western views. read more…