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Sarah Vanagt


How sensitive are the historical and political feelers of children who grow up in one of the most affluent regions in the world? In FLACC Sarah Vanagt(b. 1976, Bruges) continues her study of how children imagine Belgium's colonial past. Following Little Figures (2003) and the documentary film, Begin Began Begun (2005) she presented Les Mouchoirs de Kabila in 2006. In this video film, which she made in Goma, a town on the border of Eastern Congo, children build a miniature city. They also spontaneously put together little plays that refer to recent political developments in the Congo. The approaching elections - the first democratic elections to be held since the Congo became independent in 1960 - play a central role here. Clearly the children in Goma are remarkably well able to portray and explore the rifts in Congolese society today. In June 2006 Sarah Vanagt will bring children from various primary schools in Genk face to face with images of the Congolese 2005 'election game'. She records their reactions on video to discover how the Congo lives on in the minds of the children growing up in today's postcolonial Flanders. What does school teach them about the Congo? What happens when they stage the coming Belgian municipal elections in October? How do migrant children in Waterschei deal with the Vlaams Belang discussion they undoubtedly pick up through the media, the school, in the street, from their parents, etc.?
The results of Sarah Vanagt's project will be exhibited in September 2006 as part of Powerplays - Interior Desires, Exterior Spaces, , a project by the Platform Limburg Beeldende Kunsten (www.platformlimburg.be). A talk by Sarah Vanagt about her workshop project at FLACC will be held after the exhibition in December 2006.

Sarah Vanagt

In FLACC Sarah Vanagt (b. 1976, Bruges) continues her study of how children imagine Belgium's colonial past.
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