facing faces is an installation with a roll of portraits that unwinds like an analogue film. The portraits closely resemble the passport photos required for official documents. Each photograph is given one or more (sub)titles that tell how the face was read. These descriptions provide a framework, direct the gaze to the viewer, and remain incomplete.
The second part of facing faces consists of an archive that shows the visitors’ faces, along with descriptions of how they saw each other and were viewed themselves.
“The idea for facing faces came about when I found a stranger’s passport photo. What fascinated me was the sense of disinterest conveyed by the photo. The sitter must keep their eyes open but isn’t really looking. In facing faces the people in the first photos on the roll gaze into the distance but as the performance progresses, the faces seem to look back at you. They seem more alive, as if the camera caught them blinking or in mid-sentence. It’s a snapshot, the photos taken before and after the ‘official’ passport photo.
The faces on the roll are of people I’ve met at some point in my life, from a close friend to the guy who delivered the food while we were taking the photos. The faces aren’t a reflection of society, they aren’t representing all people. Also this project isn’t so much to me about exploring judgements or prejudices, but more about noticing and following the unavoidable thoughts that pop up when you look at someone, and the relationship between image and word.”
Vivian Keulards, Milan Meeuse, Jasper Delbecke, Studio Noto, Tim Bogaerts, SoAP Maastricht, Atelier Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Festival Cement, VIA ZUID, Stichting Brand Cultuurfonds
2017 21 – 26 Mar Festival Cement, Den Bosch (NL)
2017 25 – 26 Apr Ainsi, Maastricht (NL)
2017 16 – 19 Aug Zomerparkfeesten, Venlo (NL)
2017 20 – 27 aug Cultura Nova, Heerlen (NL)
2017 14 – 17 Sept Grand Theatre, Groningen (NL)
2018 14 – 17 Dec Winternights, Maastricht (NL)
2018 5 Feb Het Huis Utrecht, Utrecht (NL)
2018 2 – 12 Aug Festival Boulevard, Den Bosch (NL)
2018 22 – 23 Sept C-TAKT Festival, Genk (BE)
2018 27 Oct Brainwash, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL)
2018 22 – 24 Nov Jonge Harten, Groningen (NL)
2019 11 Nov Full Moon Focus: In Frames, Brussels (BE)