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Sarah van Lamsweerde

During this residency Sarah van Lamsweerde develops a performance work for Playground Festival in and around the Didactic Museum for Archeology in the basement of Leuven's Erasmus House. Still bearing the scars of the World Wars, this underground gypsum museum forms an intriguing context for van Lamsweerde's previous research on vulnerability and (in)visibility of art in contemporary public space. Classic images are defined by what is missing: headless tyrannochtones, korè without hands and three-legged horses were meticulously reproduced into their 'original' state. The research for this performance focuses on the remarkable history of these cast witnesses and will be based on Sarah's previous experiences with art that was made available for the blind. Descriptions referring to the relation between the visitor's eye and the images present are the basis of textual research. "The sculpture has a clear axis and stares directly at the viewer.” But fragments of eye exercices and therapies for phantom pains are used as well. Found documentation on so-called touch tours through museum collections and the sometimes ambiguous associations these photos evoke are the inspiration for the work, developed with curator Emma Panza and artist and performer Michiel Reynaert.

Sarah van Lamsweerde (Brussels, 1971) works across theater and visual arts, exploring the range between (unfamiliar) languages and mass media phenomena to rethink presence and perception within the experience of art. Her work has been shown in The Netherlands and abroad, at presentation platforms such as Onomatopee (Eindhoven, NL), Festival Something Raw (Amsterdam, NL), Incubate (Tilburg, NL), STUK (Leuven, BE), Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, NL), Performatik (Brussels, BE), Dampfzentrale (Bern, CH) etc. Her projects often start with research and tend to be labour-intensive processes in which working inspires thinking. Together with Bojana Mladenovic and Norberto Llopis Segarra she has founded Stichting Tre Tigri, to enable individual as well as collective projects in limbo - in between art disciplines. Since 2011, she is an associate artist at Veem House for Performance in Amsterdam. Besides her own work, she participates in projects by other artists, such as Zhana Ivanova and Ivana Müller.

STUK Atelier 1
Mon 29 Aug 2016 - Fri 2 Sep 2016.
Mon 10 Oct 2016 - Fri 21 Oct 2016.

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