Kazerne Dossin

Goswin de Stassartstraat 153

Empress Maria Theresa of Austria had the Belgian army barracks built in 1756. In 1936 the barracks were named after the commander of the seventh line regiment during the First World War: Lieutenant General Emile de Dossin de Saint Georges, who was from Liège. He was honoured as a war hero because of the decisive role he had played in the Battle of the Yser. A sinister new use was found for the building during the Second World War. The Nazis used it as a Sammellager, a strategic assembly camp from where Jews and Gypsies were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and several smaller camps. On May 30th 1948 a plaque was affixed to the façade of the barracks to commemorate those horrors and every year a ceremony is organised in memory of the victims. In 2012 a museum of the same name opened alongside the former Kazerne Dossin. The new building was designed by the Belgian architect bOb Van Reeth. During the Biennial of the Moving Image monsters and martyrs from the black pages of history wander here.

Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen

The Shores Of An Island I Only Skirted

video-installation, sound, 14′ 00″

Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen’s double projection suggests that we are seeing an image and its reverse, the counter-image. The first screen displays images from a small and seemingly uninhabited island. One might think that this discreet and undisturbed piece of land could offer a paradisiac existence. Only when we learn that this in fact is Utøya, the place of the politically motivated massacre committed by Anders Breivik in 2011, do the images acquire a menacing tone. The reverse side of the screen offers a counter-image, showing a montage of diverse found footage fragments on migration. The reverse movement shows what some people imagine as utopia, is in fact its opposite.