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KABK graduation awards

Fan designs as awards for the prizes of the KABK Graduation Show 2021, The Hague (NL) In collaboration with Zahari Dimitrov
Photographs of the fans Stan Heerkens

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Chapter 2—Claudine (installation)

Performative installation

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

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by silence (installation)

'By Silence' is inspired by my encounter with a sociologist whose parents lost a daughter at a very young age, even before he was born. Devastated but worthy, they raised their other children with the weight of an absent sister.
I asked myself: where was this sister? was she present by her evanescence? how could the photographic medium show this absence? With photography, I represent this resistance of memory to time. I mix layers of time and types of images; archive images and my own material. There is a relationship to trauma, which has no place in the past and remains a constant present. Putting this sister back in the past, giving her a tomb and making the archaeology of her story and her death. The fabrics catch and obstruct light to suggest the unveiling of a secret.

Installation view at the graduation exhibition 2020 of the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)

Watch here a documentary about the work (Thomas Troadec/ Agence Catalpa)

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Chapter 2–Claudine (performance)

Performance-reading at Page Not Found, The Hague, 06.03.20 (this event was part of Hoogtij#60)

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

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Chapter 2—Claudine (blanket)

Blanket for performative installation

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by silence (book)

'By Silence' is inspired by my encounter with a sociologist whose parents lost a daughter at a very young age, even before he was born. Devastated but worthy, they raised their other children with the weight of an absent sister.
I asked myself: where was this sister? was she present by her evanescence? how could the photographic medium show this absence? With photography, I represent this resistance of memory to time. I mix layers of time and types of images; archive images and my own material. There is a relationship to trauma, which has no place in the past and remains a constant present. Putting this sister back in the past, giving her a tomb and making the archaeology of her story and her death. The fabrics catch and obstruct light to suggest the unveiling of a secret.

Design: Zahari Dimitrov
Details: 90 pages, 20x28 cm, Munken and Fuego Felt paper, swiss binding with embossed soft cover, bilingual edition French/English
Edition: 30 copies (sold out)

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Chapter 2–Claudine (book)

"What I’m going to tell you is no fun. I’ll tell you about death, suffering, trauma and pain. But I will also tell you about love and human relationships—about the kind of love that I have for my aunt, for my whole family. I can’t help but yearn for physical touch, for warm hugs that are almost so suffocating, but somehow feel so good. There is love in my family, but it is not expressed. Above all: not too much hugging... kissing—sometimes. I love to hug my brothers, my mother, and my father. My father and I went out for dinner the other day, it was great... when we came home, I would’ve loved a proper hug. Not just a quick kiss goodnight. My project speaks of trauma and darkness. However it is here to liberate speech, create a warm feeling, become a proof of love."

Shortlisted for Kassel Dummy Award 2019

Read here a review about the book (Sabrina Mandanici, Collector Daily)

Design: Anna Moschioni
Details: 104 pages, open spine, Munken and Biotop paper, handmade book cover with wallpaper and fabric
1st edition: 50 copies (sold out)
2nd edition: 70 copies (sold out)

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Chapter 2—Claudine (readings)

The text of the book Chapter 2—Claudine has been read at the following events:

Unseen platform (Amsterdam, NL) September 2019

'Manic words', Words off the Page (The Hague, NL) February 2019

'Forgetful Number presents: a series of contradictions' (The Hague, NL) January 2019

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portrait & performance photography

For commissions, please contact arianejudithtoussaint@gmail.com

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Ultra things performance

Performance photography for 'Ultra things', Cuqui Jerez, NEXT Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium

For commissions, please contact arianejudithtoussaint@gmail.com

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Abuela

My grandmother is aging, her mind sometimes blows away and she looks fearfully gone for a moment. The fear of losing her made me realize I only knew her through her family role and ignored her as a being. I digged into her collection of objects, fabrics and photographs, looking for patterns I could recognize and that would help me to feel and record her essence. She saw me growing up and gave to me her passion for fabrics and small details. The photographs are both a tribute to her and an autobiographical investigation questioning the weight of family and the border between life and death.

Installation view at Nest, The Hague, 2017