– An van. Dienderen was invited by the journal TRAJECTORIA (Museum of Ethnology, Osaka) to create a Carte Blanche. Together with Rosine Mbakam and Thomas Bellinck she created the Museum of Mental Furniture, which you can visit here
– The film ‘Lili’ by An van. Dienderen is screened on a three days festival on ‘Uncertainty’ organized by FoMu, on the occasion of the publication of Trigger on the same subject, edited by The School of Speculative Documentary (associated with KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent, Belgium), FOMU and FW:Books.
– An van. Dienderen wrote an article with Natalie Gielen, Eléonore Yaméogo and Rosine Mbakam about their new film PRISM. The article is published in a theme issue in Anthrovision on “Epistemic Disobedience”
– The film ‘Lili’ by An van. Dienderen is screened on a two days festival organized by Argos at KANAL, Brussels.
– A collective interview on the new film PRISM by An van. Dienderen, Rosine Mbakam and Eléonore Yaméogo is published in Forum+
– “A manifesto / an invitation from The School of Speculative Documentary” written by Thomas Bellinck, Max Pinckers, Michiel Decleene and An van. Dienderen is published in the journal Critical Arts.
– The film ‘Patrasche a Dog of Flanders – Made in Japan’ by Didier Volckaert and An van. Dienderen is part of the expo ‘Cool Japan’ in MAS Antwerp from 18 October till 19 April!
– The film ‘Lili’ by An van. Dienderen is screened at the Contemporary Art Biennale, Tallinn Photomonth in the program Better Half curated by Ingel Vaikla and Jesse Cumming (TIFF/Wavelength).
– The article “That’s my life jacket!” Speculative documentary as a counter strategy to documentary taxidermy written by Thomas Bellinck & An van. Dienderen is published by Critical Arts. South-North Cultural and Media Study
Filmmaker An van. Dienderen works at the intersection between documentary, anthropology and visual arts. While exploring various documentary strategies and the anthropological relation between self and other, she also investigates the medium of film in a self-reflective way. She investigates the opposition of fact and fiction, imagination and observation, representation and experience, using the importance of the image in our multicultural society as a point of departure. Her work shows the absurd, poetic, and often touching stories that these oppositions can hold in everyday life. (Source: Contour 7)
She graduated in audiovisual arts (Sint-Lukas, Brussels), obtained a PhD in Comparative Cultural Sciences (Ghent University), and was a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley with Trinh Minh-ha. She made several documentaries screened worldwide, awarded with (inter)national prizes. Films include Visitors of the Night (’98), Site (’00), Tu ne verras pas Verapaz (’02), The Ephemerist (’05) Patrasche, a Dog of Flanders – Made in Japan (’08), Cherry Blossoms (’12), Letter Home (’15) and Lili (’15). She regularly publishes on documentary & visual/performative anthropology and she is a lecturer and artistic researcher at the School of Arts Ghent, where she conducts several research projects: You Turn Me: Similarities and differences in art and anthropology (2008-2015), China Girls and the Color Genie: a multichronotopic research (2015-2019), White-centricity challenged through co-creation (2019-ongoing).
Her work has been shown on the Margaret Mead Film and Video festival (New York), FID Marseille, DocFest Sheffield, Belluard Festival (Fribourg), DMZ Korea International documentary festival, International Short film Festival Oberhausen, FIDOCS, Festival Internacional de Documentales de Santiago, International Filmfestival Rotterdam, etc and is represented by argos. Films, teasers and interviews: on vimeo
She initiated several organisations: the workshops Visual Anthropology (1996 – 2006) at Ghent University & Luka, School of Arts, Brussels: with Rik Pinxten, Rob Rombout, Didier Volckaert, Eric Pauwels, Reinhart Cosaert, Rudi Maerten en Laurent Van Lancker. She initiated the international art workspace SoundImageCulture (2006-ongoing) with Laurent Van Lancker, Eric Pauwels, Didier Volckaert and Reinhart Cosaert. Later on Els Opsomer, Mary Jiminez, Patrick Codenys, Susanne Weck, Effi&Amir and many others joined. Together with Didier Volckaert she started the production company Elektrischer Schnellseher (1999 – ongoing). She initiated the master class & research group Expanded Documentary (2012) with Sarah Vanagt, Jasmina Fekovic, Ben Russell and Laurent Van Lancker. With Sarah Vanagt and Jasmina Fekovic she curated the program DocHouse at Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2008-2010). Together with theatre maker Thomas Bellinck and photographers Max Pinckers and Michiel Decleene she founded The School of Speculative Documentary (2018-ongoing). Filmmaker Rosine Mbakam and artist Jelena Juresa are members.