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Els Vanden Meersch

Hosgeldiniz


Constant subject through all my works is the relationship between architecture, politics and heritage with identity. I investigate the connection of architecture with (unrecorded) history, politics and its effects on identity. Also its connection with political propaganda and anti-propaganda mechanisms is a constant subject of research. Architecture is the most prominent trace of our presence on earth and my approach to architecture is not through its discipline, but through its psychological and philosophical representation of human relationships. I search for sites and buildings that are consciously neglected in the discourse of heritage because my interest is especially aroused by blind spots in our image-saturated culture and history. Since 2008, the subject of my projects gradually moved to the Middle East, where a policy of negation towards heritage, resulting in neglect, is evolving into a policy of censorship often resulting in destruction. The topic, architecture, often suffers under ideological, sometimes armed, conflicts.
 I treat the transitions between artistic photography and political documentary as fluid. Each project starts from specific local situations that are investigated in depth only to mirror world wide political policies.


Hosgeldiniz
Viewmaster
Raatbouwtorens
Monument of post-political oblivion
Monument of post-political oblivion
Desks
Implants
Implants
Implants
Implants
Paranoid Obstructions
Photo installation
Source
Vacation Resort
Cellen
Excluded interiors
Model (military landscape)
Blind Territory
Blind Territory


Flanders Arts Institute

Expertise centre for performing arts, music and visual arts.