'Brussels, 2016' (2017)

The film Brussels, 2016 is a poetic political diary-esque portrait of the Belgian capital. Made by Dutch artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) during her residency at the WIELS Contemporary Art Center in the spring of 2016. Her residency coincided with the terrorist 22 March attacks and the Brits voting to leave the European Union on 23 June. The artist is born in South Korea, grew up in the Netherlands. For her as for many other  citizens the question of belonging and identity started to arise in a climate of growing racism and xenophobia. While dwelling through the city and interacting with a lost cat, lesbian vanguards, refugees, a new born baby, people from the neighbourhood, friends and meeting a new lover, the movie questions post-colonial, modernist and nationalist concepts in the context of bigger global realities colliding.

HD/DCP, 33 min. Experimental film, colour, sound. Dutch narration, English subtitles.
Thanks to AFK en Mondriaan Fonds

Wednesday 19 April 19:00 - 22:00 at Les Brigittines (programmed by the Beursschouwburg), Brussels
Friday 21 April 20:30 - 22:00
23 May - 3 June, De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
27 May WIELS, Brussels

review by Edo Dijksterhuis in Het Parool (Dutch) 2 June 2017 (opens in pdf)