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ABOUT


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.

 

 

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS


2015
2013
2008
2006
– Nomination Price best Belgian documentary 2005–2006
2003
– Price best Belgian documentary2002–2003
1999
– GNT Channel television Prize for Language Renewal - Brasil
– Margaret Mead Film en video festival Award New York
1995
– Price of the public Canada, Montréal, 6°Evenement interuniversitaire de Création vidéo



GRANTS & FUNDING


– Projects funded by VAF (Flemish film fund); SACD-SCAM; City Ghent Art; Province East-Flanders; Africalia; Noordstarfonds; KunstenFESTIVALdesArts; RührTriennale; Brussel Bruxelles 2000; TimeFestival, Contour7, Beursschouwburg, argos, Netwerk Aalst,VRT, On&For Production,..
2021 - ...
– Artistic research project 'White-centricity challenged' affiliated to the School of Arts, Ghent, funded by the Research Fund University College Ghent
2015 - 2019
– Artistic research project 'China Girls and the Color Genie. A multichronotopic research' affiliated to the School of Arts, Ghent, funded by the Research Fund University College Ghent
2008 - 2015
– Postdoctoral research titled ‘Scattering of the fragile cherry blossoms' affiliated to the School of Arts, Ghent, funded by the Research Fund University College Ghent
2007
– Faculty funding for conferences in Manchester
2006
– FWO grants for conferences in UC Berkeley 05 and EASA Bristol
2004
– EU grant for a lecture at EASA (European Association of Social Anthropologists) Vienna
2000 - 2004
– Bijzonder Onderzoeks Fonds Ghent University: doctoral grant
1999
– Santander grant visiting scholar fall semester at UC Berkeley




Generously funded by:
Design & programming: Arthur Haegeman
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