Prison: Turtle Heart

coming soon (2017-2018)

What happens if you read a selection of short fiction stories together with a group of male inmates at the Belgian prison in Turnhout every week for two months? Having a profound fascination with reading, my aim was to visually articulate the process. At the same time, I wanted to tell a story that challenges the stereotype of a criminal and brings to light the intertwined actuality of fantasy and reality. The project resulted in a meta-fictional documentary in which a ghost narrator interweaves readers’ interpretations in a new story. The project is part of my long-term exploration in the political potential of shared reading of fiction literature as a new way of dialogue that enables mutual understanding through the confrontation of different interpretations.

2017, 1x channel film installation, 21:31 minutes (film still)

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