Identities are constructed and deconstructed through relationships with others, and it is these processes that some of our artists-in-residence examine and question in order to better lead us to an ever more open and inclusive understanding of social relationships.
After a first research residency in 2019, actor Afazali Dewaele returned to neimënster to continue his research. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, Afazali Dewaele was left on the street after the death of his mother before being taken in to an orphanage and adopted by a Belgian family in 1986. In Belgium, he learned the craft of carpentry but tried his luck in the theater department of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. In 2016, he participated in the play Hate Radio by Swiss director Milo Rau, on the stage of neimënster. Afazali Dewaele has once again teamed up with writer and director Rodrigue Norman. For this creation, he delved into his past to share a glimpse of his journey with the public. He shared his work in an online discussion with an audience which included an exchange with the Luxembourgish playwright Andreas Wagner who accompanied them during this residency.
As part of her series Towards A Simple Talk in Utopia, Suzan Noesen has conducted research in neimënster that lays the foundation for a transdisciplinary development and creation process for an audiovisual work. Anticipated by the video installation Obsolete Terrain at the Brave New World Order exhibition at the Casino this summer, this series deals with the utopian subject of a group discussion in which the participants constantly change roles in search of a more “just” distribution of power.
Visual artist, PhD in Art and Science, researcher, Hélène Mutter defended in 2020 her doctoral thesis “La guerre à l’épreuve de l’image – Art et dispositifs visuels” (War as a test for the image – Art and visual devices), carried out in collaboration with the Arba-Esa and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), in the laboratory of Research and Studies in International Politics (Repi), of which she is now a scientific collaborator. Sensitive to the political and social transformations of the world that surrounds us via an approach that is that of the image, she questions the ways in which we document the world, and particularly situations of crisis and conflict, through the use of images, archives and visuals.