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Pieter Geenen PDF Print E-mail

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September 8-24, 2013

The 4th time residency at the ACOSS

"After the production of my video 'relocation' (2011) about Mount Ararat (please, watch it here:), I'm returning to Armenia in order to produce a second video, once again addressing questions about (home)land, national identity, nationalism and ethnicity, in relation to the landscape. For this particular project I'm turning my eyes on the landscape of Artsakh. I would like to use it as a backdrop to investigate how its inhabitants feel about their national identity, since Artsakh declared itself independent, but has never been recognised by any other country as such. Despite this, Artsakh does have its own national anthem and its own national flag. Everything a 'normal' country has. What do the people of Artsakh consider themselves to be part of, to belong to? How do they experience their (national) identity? And which parallels can I draw with the current situation in Belgium and the crisis of the Belgian identity?"

Pieter Geenen

Pieter Geenen (1979) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. In his work he wants to translate the complexity of a certain geo-political and geo-social reality into a general reflection on the 'innocent' landscape, the landscape as a bearer of meaning. He's interested in the suggestive and evocative qualities of the landscape, by means of its audiovisual characteristics. In a response to an ever faster moving world, and as a resistance to a tendency of demystification, he explores the subtle and 'slow' characteristics of the landscape. In his abstraction of reality he implies a constant, repetitive, but yet static world. Geenen wants to explore the relation between vision and sound, and the vague boundaries of the visible and the audible, tending to move on a thin line between the moving and the static image. 

His videos, sound pieces and other installations have been presented, amongst others, at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (NL), Argos Centre for Art and Media (Brussels, BE), New York Film Festival (US), Art Rotterdam (NL), All Art Now International Video Art Festival (Damascus, SY), Images Festival (Toronto, CA), EMAF (Osnabrück, DE), Media City Festival (Windsor, CA), Onion City Festival (Chicago, US), Crosstalk Festival (Budapest, HU), VAD Festival (Girona, ES), Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, and at the Venice Biennial 2009 (IT). 

As artist in residence at ACOSS in 2010, Pieter Geenen worked on a new project dealing about the mythical mountain Ararat. He was doing further research on its iconologic value, its determination of Armenian identity, its role in Armenian collective memory and its historical and symbolical value in the region in general. He also spent several days in the Ararat valley to record video and sound for his project, which would premiere at BE-PART art centre in Waregem (BE) during the spring of 2011. 









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