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Dutch film première of Cast Witnesses - Sarah van Lamsweerde + artist talk

Museums/Institutes Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond

Nes 45
1012 KD Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 6229014

Open Mon - Fri / 11-18 hrs
Sat - Sun / 13-18 hrs

Screening 1 Nov

Time 1 Nov, 20:15 hrs


courtesy of Vlaams Culturhuis de Brakke Grond

In her latest film Cast Witnesses (2017, 25’), Sarah van Lamsweerde breathes new life into classical casts. On November 1st, De Brakke Grond is organising a programme to accompany the Dutch première.

Sarah van Lamsweerde works with themes such as originality versus reproduction, the relation between art and its observers and cultural heritage.

The video ‘Cast Witnesses’ is based on a series of performances that took place at Playground (organised by STUK and Museum M, Leuven, Belgium) and the Allard Pierson museum, in which a group of replicas of Greco-Roman sculptures were rescued from obscurity. In this video-based episode of the project, a small group of researchers attempt to heal the phantom pains of their mauled counterparts through therapeutic rituals they have designed themselves. 

This evening is dedicated to care for physical sculpture – including in public spaces. Accompanied by a reading by archaeologist Dr. Sam Hardy on ‘conflict architecture’ and dealing with (historical) monuments, and a conversation between Hardy and Van Lamsweerde, moderated by Huib Haye van der Werf (head of artistic programming at the Jan van Eyck Academy).


Making the invisible, visible
‘Can art heal the world, or should the world heal art?’ This is one of the main questions artist Sarah van Lamsweerde asks the public. Her own interest in this topic started in 2012, during a significant increase of theft and vandalism of public art in the Netherlands, but following the mass destruction of art in Palmyra (Syria, 2017), this question has become even more urgent.

In the artist’s opinion, immediate reconstruction of artefacts destroyed is not the solution. She wonders if such rushed reconstruction prevents us from examining the problem itself. This is why Sarah van Lamsweerde presents vulnerability in her performance project ‘Cast Witnesses’. Instead of erasing the damage done, she seeks to share the effects of our loss and emptiness. Her film ‘Cast Witnesses’ makes this vulnerable invisibility visible.


About the artist
Sarah van Lamsweerde (1973) lives in Brussels and Amsterdam. She works across theatre and the visual arts, exploring the range between (unfamiliar) languages and mass media phenomena. Her work has been co-produced and presented by international venues such as Veem House for Performance (Amsterdam, NL), Onomatopee Projects (Eindhoven, NL) Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam, NL), STUK (Leuven, BE), Performatik (Brussels, BE), 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial (Yekaterinburg, RU), Dampfzentrale (Bern, CH) etc. She founded Stichting Tre Tigri with the aim of enabling projects in limbo – individual and collective projects with no prescribed discipline. Alongside her own work, she contributes to other practices and platforms such as IM Company (Paris), Performing Objects (ErfS, Brussels) and BAU Dance & Performance (Amsterdam). 

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