FOUR MONTHS, FOUR MILLION LIGHT YEARS
Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) (Brussels)
22.10. 18:00 – 18:50
23.10. 20:00 – 20:50
24.10. 17:30 – 18:30
27.10. 20:00 – 21:00
29.10. 17:00 – 18:00
31.10. 16:00 – 19:00
01.11. 18:00 – 19:00
02.11. 19:00 – 20:00
03.11. 19:00 – 20:00
05.11. 15:00 – 19:00
06.11. 15:00 – 19:00
Artist talk after the performance on 23.10., moderated by Kopano Maroga (in English) | Performances (22.10. 18 Uhr | 23.10. 20 Uhr): Entrance 12,00 € | 6,00 € | Installation: Free entrance, no registration needed
Mainly in Englisch with parts in Korean, Dutch and Mongolian
The multimedia film installation and performance FOUR MONTHS, FOUR MILLION LIGHT YEARS of the artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) address the colonial narratives behind transnational and transracial adoption, specifically the historical relations between the Netherlands and Korea. In the Netherlands alone, approximately 40,000 people were adopted from the Global South, often through child trafficking and with falsified documents. FOUR MONTHS, FOUR MILLION LIGHT YEARS embarks on a journey through time, starting from the contemporary Dutch society, through Dutch soldiers participating in the Korean war, up to early colonial descriptions of Asian people by white Europeans and the violent extinction of shamanic cultures. FOUR MONTHS, FOUR MILLION LIGHT YEARS is a shamanic healing journey through space and time, in which poems, songs and visions ask the ancestors for their support. This work is an homage to all those who were cut off from their mothers, fathers, families, ancestors, land, culture and spirits.
On the 22.10. and 23.10 there will be live performances by Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) within the installation with live narration and ritualistic drumming honoring and invoking the ancestors.
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 Dramaturgical advice Kopano Maroga Live narrating and percussion Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide)
Special thanks to the Darghad shamans: Aminaa | Kyugagaa | Eden-Ochi | Umbaan | Saintsetseg and Korean mudang Jen Bosalnim
The Korean-Dutch artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) was born in Busan, South Korea in 1977. Today she lives and works in Amsterdam and Brussels. Since the late 1990s, she has created a rich body of work that traverses an array of formats and mediums, including film, text, immersive film- and sound installations, performances, and painting. Chang combines spiritual evocations, historical research and the unraveling of colonial narratives creating works that act as historical repair, healing and belonging. Chang questions Eurocentric systems of categorization, racialization and its penetration in all levels of life and contemporary Western society. Her work can be seen as poetic and intimate gestures that centralise a meta-cosmic and inclusive approach to modernity, transforming the meaning of value and time. She is a former resident of De Ateliers, Amsterdam (1999 – 2001), and has been an artist in residence at ISCP, New York (2007) and at WIELS, Brussels (2016). She has recently shown work at: 11th Berlin Biennale, Berlin; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh; 6th Kuandu Biennale, Taipei; Argos, Brussels; Sharjah Biennial 13, Beirut; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Temporary Gallery, Cologne; Espai d’art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain etc.
Production and realization
Supported by The Mondriaan Foundation | GRIMONSTER residence | Korean Cultural Center of Brussels | Embassy of the Netherlands Coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts | 11th Berlin Biennale