Sarah Vanagt Élevage de poussière / Dust Breeding
In her new work, Sarah Vanagt turns her attention to an important chapter in recent European history: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
What is the value of images as objective testimonies of a conflict? Can we believe what we see? In her new work, Sarah Vanagt turns her attention to an important chapter in recent European history: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. The artist examines obstacles to reconstructing a war that is nevertheless well documented. She has started from a simple movement of the hand – a pencil being rubbed on a sheet of paper placed over an object – and adapted this “revelatory” rubbing process to the courtroom. The film Élevage de poussière/Dust Breeding offers a penetrating account of her exploration. Measuring the gap between the facts, the material proof of these facts, the images that represent them and their interpretation, she attempts to decipher the secret language formed by traces of war. Sharpening her eye until it becomes a microscope lens, Vanagt reveals a landscape of details inviting us to look at things differently.
Subtitles in Dutch/French
Concept & direction Sarah Vanagt
Camera Sarah Vanagt
Editing Effi Weiss
Sound engineer Maxime Coton
Producer Sarah Vanagt (Balthasar vzw)
Co-producer Cyril Bibas (Centre Vidéo de Bruxelles)
Presentation Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Beursschouwburg
Co-production Kunstenfestivaldesarts, deBuren (Brussels), WIELS (Brussels), Argos (Brussels)
Supported by Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie- Bruxelles