Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) Brussels

Four Months, Four Million Light Years

exhibition / performance — premiere

ARGOS Centre for contemporary arts

| English, Korean, Mongolian → FR, NL, Subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing

Practices of shamanism, the violent eradication of shamanistic cultures by missionaries, healing, ancestry, coloniality, and criminality of contemporary intercountry and transracial adoption are the subjects of Four Months, Four Million Light Years by the Korean/Dutch artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide). Shamanic poems, songs and visions invoke the ancestors for support. The project is an homage to those who have been cut off from their mothers, fathers, family, ancestors, land, culture, and spirits. The colonial print Een Schaman ofte Duyvel-Priester [Shaman or Devil’s Priest from the Tungus, 1692] by Dutch man Nicolaes Witsen acts as a pivotal point for a spiritual journey through time. The seventeenth-century print is the first Western depiction of a shaman. It marks the beginning of a long history of racialized and infantilizing descriptions of Asian people by white Europeans. The four months of the title refer to the time it took to complete the paperwork for a Korean child in the lucrative transracial adoption industry that started to flourish after the Korean War, an industry that continues to live off the same colonial imagery from 300 years ago.

 

The exhibition Four Months, Four Million Light Years contains subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

With a paid ticket for this exhibition you can also access the exhibition of Hamza Halloubi You left me my lips, and they shape words, even in silence from 30.05 onwards.

Four Months, Four Million Light Years continues until 18.07. From 04.06, tickets are on sale via ARGOS.

See also: Bring your kids

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-ARGOS

Fiilm installation credits :
Artist, director, watercolors, camera, editing, text, drumming, voice over, sound: Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) | Composing songs, singing: Yan Vandenbroucke | Korean percussion: Leslie Maes | Korean chanting: Jungrak Choi | Sound: Céline Gillain | Costumes: Lila John | Color grading: Paul Millot | Clinical psychologist: Miranda Ntirandekura Aerts | Special thanks to the Darghad shamans: Aminaa, Kyugagaa, Eden-Ochi, Umbaan, Saintsetseg and Korean mudang Jen Bosalnim | Supported by: The Mondriaan Foundation, GRIMONSTER residence, Korean Cultural Center of Brussels, Embassy of the Netherlands | Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, ARGOS, 11th Berlin Biennale

Performance credits :
Live narrating and percussion: Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide)

15.05

  • 11:00 → 19:00
  • exhibition
  • Free entrance

16.05

18.05

  • 20:00 ⧖ 45min
  • performance
  • English, Korean, Mongolian → FR, NL
  • €10 / €7
  • cancelled

19.05

  • 20:00 ⧖ 45min
  • performance
  • English, Korean, Mongolian → FR, NL
  • €10 / €7
  • cancelled

20.05

  • 18:00 ⧖ 45min
  • performance
  • English, Korean, Mongolian → FR, NL
  • €10 / €7
  • cancelled
  • 20:30 ⧖ 45min
  • performance
  • English, Korean, Mongolian → FR, NL
  • €10 / €7
  • cancelled

21.05

22.05

23.05

28.05

29.05

30.05

02.07

  • 11:00 → 19:00
  • exhibition
  • €6 / €4

03.07

  • 11:00 → 19:00
  • exhibition
  • €6 / €4

04.07

  • 11:00 → 19:00
  • exhibition
  • €6 / €4
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