I REMEMBER THAT I AM INVISIBLE AND WALK SOFTLY SO AS NOT TO AWAKEN THE SLEEPING ONES

2020 , installation

projection of video's in loop, objects, photographs

with the support of het Kunstendecreet - de Vlaamse Overheid

During an artist residency in Paris at the Cité International des Arts I often encountered pieces of textile while walking around the city. Discarded clothing, sheets, blankets,... traces of the Parisian homeless. I started to photograph the pieces and take them with me to my studio. Once there, I sewed the clothes together, attached them above the ventilation shafts of the Parisian metro, and filmed them as they started dancing through the air flow. They reminded me of kinetic advertisement figures that you often see by the side of the road, meant to draw attention to merchandise. My 'sculptures' on the contrary draw attention to something that's discarded, abandoned or lost, and indirectly to the people to whom these clothes belonged. People that mostly lead an invisible life in the margins of society, who mostly escape our attention. Where there were once bodies inhabiting the garments, the void is now being filled with air, emphasizing the absence of the people that once wore them.

The installation combines the videos of the wind sculptures on the ventilation shafts, the photographs of the found textiles, and the physical pieces itself.

Photos of the installation as it was presented during the group exhibition Borrowed Spaces at Warp, January 2020.

I REMEMBER THAT I AM INVISIBLE AND WALK SOFTLY SO AS NOT TO AWAKEN THE SLEEPING ONES

2020 , installation

projection of video's in loop, objects, photographs

with the support of het Kunstendecreet - de Vlaamse Overheid

During an artist residency in Paris at the Cité International des Arts I often encountered pieces of textile while walking around the city. Discarded clothing, sheets, blankets,... traces of the Parisian homeless. I started to photograph the pieces and take them with me to my studio. Once there, I sewed the clothes together, attached them above the ventilation shafts of the Parisian metro, and filmed them as they started dancing through the air flow. They reminded me of kinetic advertisement figures that you often see by the side of the road, meant to draw attention to merchandise. My 'sculptures' on the contrary draw attention to something that's discarded, abandoned or lost, and indirectly to the people to whom these clothes belonged. People that mostly lead an invisible life in the margins of society, who mostly escape our attention. Where there were once bodies inhabiting the garments, the void is now being filled with air, emphasizing the absence of the people that once wore them.

The installation combines the videos of the wind sculptures on the ventilation shafts, the photographs of the found textiles, and the physical pieces itself.

Photos of the installation as it was presented during the group exhibition Borrowed Spaces at Warp, January 2020.