Antje Van Wichelen

Antje Van Wichelen

Artist

  • Culture of memory, Postcolonial art production, Decolonization, Reappraisal of the colonial past

  • Brussels (Belgium)

Antje Van Wichelen is a Belgian visual artist who has been working for years with experimental 16mm film techniques from the nineteenth century to unlock and translate colonial, mostly photographic, material from the nineteenth century. Her project 21C/19C _ Procedures for Anthropometric Image Reversal investigates colonial classification systems and the collective memory they left us with.

In 2019 she was Artist in Residence at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, where she researched the historical photo archive along with the Wereldculturen.nl, Quai Branly, Africamuseum Tervuren and Pitt Rivers Museum archives. Her work with this material has resulted in collaborative installations exploring the mechanisms of colonial photography and which were exhibited in the museum under the title Noisy Images. This work, embedded in the group TROUBLED ARCHIVES is selected for the Dakar Biënnal 2020.

Van Wichelen is a member of LABO BxL and of the Greyzone Zebra Collective. She lives and works in Brussels.

Antje Van Wichelen at the Latitude Festival:

Call for Action & Reflection on Decolonising Archives

Contributions by Antje Van Wichelen