Unearthing. In Conversation
An empty auditorium. A stack of photo boxes. A colonial flashback. Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński’s performance video centres around a series of ethnographic images by Austrian photographer Paul Schebesta taken in the Congo in the 1930s when it was a Belgian colony. Can there be a right way to deal with these images, which objectify the figures depicted in them and deny these people the right to self- representation? How can resistance be achieved through looking?
Artist and author Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński was born in 1980 in Vienna. Her work using the media of photography, collage, video and performance is notable for its interdisciplinary approach that combines de- and post-colonial and black feminist theory with visual practice. Since October 2015, she has been studying for her doctorate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In 2016, she received the Theodor Körner Prize for Art for Naming what was once unnameable. Since 2017, she has held a fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW).