Galerie Ron Mandos is happy to present a lazy Sunday program with a curated selection of exclusive video works by Isaac Julien, Hans Op de Beeck, Jacco Olivier, Aline Motta, and Erwin Olaf. The films presented here reflect on our current time. They are about destination, travel and discovery, but also about larger themes such as climate change, the diaspora, displacement and Covid-19. It is a digital journey of sorts, in a time when we are confined to our homes. Please sit back and enjoy!
Paradise Omeros delves into the fantasies and feelings of “creoleness” – the mixed language, the hybrid mental states and the territorial transpositions that arise when one lives in multiple cultures. Using the recurrent imagery of the sea, the film sweeps the viewer into a poetic meditation on the ebb and flow of self and stranger, love and hate, war and peace, xenophobe and xenophile.
Staging Silence (3) is the final instalment in a series of autonomous art films by Hans Op de Beeck. It takes the viewer on a journey through a series of desolate scenes, gradually constructed and deconstructed by a pair of anonymous hands that act as either divine creator or grand puppeteer.
Terra Incognita by Jacco Olivier enacts a journey to an unknown land: to the sounds of water, wind, creaking ropes, then birds and insects, we sail to the coast and over hills and meadows until we arrive at the spectacular statues which indicate that Olivier’s inspiration is the Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen.
(Other) Foundations (2017-2019) by Aline Motta is the last installment of a trilogy that began in 2017 with Bridges over the Abyss, followed by If the sea had balconies. The film talks about the consequences of the journey that the artist undertook in search of her ancestral roots.