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Sven Augustijnen

video, color, 4:3, stereo, Dutch spoken, English & French subtitled, BE, 2003, 23’

François constitutes, along with the film Johan, a purely documentary portrait of patients with aphasia. François, a middle-aged man, suffers from aphasia – memory lapses – and he has trouble finding the right words for simple expressions. In order to train his memory he undergoes various treatments in a hospital, among them speech therapy. During one of these sessions Augustijnen is present with his camera, filming François who keeps chattering incessantly to fill the gaps in his memory. The editing accentuates the unfocused and stammering line of thought of the aphasia patient.

Concept, image, editing Sven Augustijnen
Produced by Projections vzw
Co-produced by Contour – Biënnale voor videokunst
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund

François has been on display at the following locations:

Argos tv Brussels, (BE) Apr 30–May 8 2020 Musée d'art contemporain des Laurentides Saint-Jérôme, (CA) Sep 3–Nov 6 2016 Universiteitsbibliotheek Leuven, (BE) Oct 15–Dec 6 2015 De Hallen Haarlem, (NL) Dec 13 2014–Mar 1 2015 CRAC Alsace Altkirch, (FR) Sunday, Sep 21 2014 De Loketten Brussel, (BE) Mar 21–Jul 11 2012 De Hallen Haarlem, (NL) Sep 23–Dec 4 2011 Psychiatrisch Centrum Duffel, (BE) Sep 5–Nov 10 2010 M HKA Antwerpen, (BE) May 21–Aug 22 2010 De Hallen Haarlem Haarlem, (NL) Dec 12 2009–Mar 7 2010 de Appel Amsterdam, (NL) Wednesday, May 20 2009 de Appel Amsterdam, (NL) May 1–May 16 2009 Tate Modern London, (GB) Apr 13–Aug 16 2009 Ernst Museum Budapest, (HU) Apr 11–May 31 2009