I am very excited to have been invited for another residency at VirtualSPAR. This time I will be contributing as a citizen of the ‘City’.
For the occasion I have chosen the Belgian city Ghent as my subject. Ghent is the city where I studied at the academy. I have lots of warm memories of this city and tend to still visit it on a regular basis.
This residency is about the city in times of global change, so I have decided to check out how Ghent has changed during this year of the pandemic. As I am particulairly interrested in the concept of freedom , I will go on several expeditions to this city. Preferably during several different stages of the corona measures. And during these visits, I hope to find out, how people have been dealing with the challenges, the corona pandemic has opposed to their freedom.
As I saw in the news, the first measures where going to be released on monday the 19th of April, I quickly went Ghent, as soon as I heard I was going to be one of the ‘Citizens’. So I’ve made a serie of photograph’s, sound- and videorecordings, to get the vibe of the city, during the tightest part of the lockdown. Now they have released the curfew and opened the shops and terraces. So I must get back there soon..
I will keep you posted.