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  Empathetic Storyteller — Interview with Geert Goiris Title of the document


  2020




  Fading Senses
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  2020


‘Fading Senses’ is a research project and a photographic essay where I reflect on sensory deprivation and environmental anxiety. Solastalgia is a relatively new concept for understanding the implications of the loss of ecosystems on our mental and emotional health. Described as an earth-related state, it reflects the zeitgeist of our time. As an increasing problem in societies, it manifests itself in a feeling of dislocation, a lived experience of the loss of the present. A perspective of a fading world and a state of fading-away is close to sensory deprivation. Absence of senses, one of the biggest human fears, can lead to intra-mental perception, echolocation and memory flashbacks. As I have temporarily lost one of the senses in the past, this deprivation became my intuitive leading guide, which I have applied to the working method and to the visual language. Being strongly concerned about solastalgia’s impact, I asked myself, what happens if we lose our senses? How does it affect our emotional health and memory, in the times of multispecies extinction? Using photography, I create a mental image of an ungraspable sensation to underline human disconnection from the natural habitat.︎Special thanks to my dear tutors Geert Goiris, Peter Boelens, Inge Henneman for their supervision and guidance, to my collaborators: Laura van Lokven, Christophe, Zosia Popławska and Ella-Marie Snelders, for their will to participare in the project.︎︎︎︎Selected: Picks 2020: PHmuseum Editors’ Top Projects of 2020︎Awarded: Photography Prize 2020 Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp ︎︎︎︎Prints on display at St. Vincents.




  Fading Senses — Publication (I)
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  2020


Self-published book (first edition) containing thinking process and research behind ‘Fading Senses’. Ed. 1/1




  Smelloss

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  2020


Inspired by my own experience of temporarly losing a sense of smell, I recreated this sensation in an olfactory installation. Smell memory is a deepest and most saturated that we have, as the amygdala and the hippocampus in our brain are responsible for keeping smell memory and emotions. Smelloss in a shape of an industrial dust, resonate with a scent of a wet concrete blending with a memory of a mossy forest. My experience of losing smell, although very abstract, in 2020 became a common dread and an indicator of COVID-19.︎Ingredients: oakmoss, siberian cedarwood, musk, calone, timbersilk, alcohol.




  To Be Antwerp
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  2020


Exhibition installation at Marcel Nies Oriental Art Gallery for To Be Antwerp (11—12.2020).


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