Absent Images is a project that spreads via public canvasses in the city and throughout the country. Billboard panels, advertising spaces, empty walls or windows, they all become carriers of a political message. The message is written in a language that is not understood by most of the people in this country. It’s the language of most of the people who fled their home country. The text wants to welcome them in their own language, and is an apology for the way this welcome happened so far. We apologize for not treating all humans equally. The questioning concerning the refugee-crisis is complex, but what is sure is that the political answer at this instance is insufficient, inept and in some cases inhuman. But what about our own politics? How do “we” - people who live here, with or without papers- relate to these newcomers? How do we let ourselves be influenced by media and politics? We apologize for not speaking up.
Help spread the message. Take your poster at the festival centre from 6 to 28 May, or download and print it here.
Vooruit & Manyone
Special thanks to
Arabic Translations Belgium bvba, Nellie Ivanova, Amjad Ali Shah, Tibor Moco, Matthieu Goeury, Safiye Ergurbuz, Hand-in-Hand Gent, Victoria Deluxe, Kurdish Institute Brussels
Daniel Blanga-Gubbay, Chris Bens, Katrien Reist, Marika Ingels, and all individuals and organisations who share and spread Absent Images
Sarah Vanhee ’s (1980) artistic practice is linked to performance, visual art and literature. It uses different formats and is often (re)created in situ. Recent works include Oblivion, I Screamed and I Screamed and I Screamed , Untitled, Lecture For Every One, Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts) . Her work has been presented in various contexts such as De Appel arts centre (Amsterdam), iDans (Istanbul), Centre Pompidou (Metz), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Impulstanzfestival (Vienna), Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), La Ferme du Buisson (Noisiel), CAMPO (Ghent), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), Contour (Mechelen), Théatre de La Cité (Paris), HAU (Berlin) etc. She is the co-author of Untranslatables and author of The Miraculous Life of Claire C and TT . She wrote several texts for specialized press and art-related publications. Since 2009 Sarah Vanhee works in close collaboration with CAMPO, that produced several of her works. She is a member of Manyone.
Sarah Vanhee at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts
2013: Lecture For Every One
2014: Untitled (Vorst/Forest)