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Une Femme Entreprenante

Sven Augustijnen

video, color, 4:3, stereo, French spoken, English subtitles, BE, 2004, 72’

After weaving a tempting web of reality and fiction around Brussels Kunstberg (or Mont des Arts) during Mission Mont des Arts (2002), Augustijnen points his arrows in Une femme entreprenante on WIELS, a new centre for contemporary art in Brussels, and more particularly to its key figure, Sophie Le Clercq, building promoter and the true ‘force motrice’ behind this cultural project, located on the former site of the Wielemans-Ceuppens brewery. A fierce ‘journalist’, with a highly enacted contraction of ignorance, enthusiasm and astonishment, takes the audience in tow for a further and better acquaintance with the protagonists behind the WIELS project. In a saga full of unexpected complications, a number of other actors from the political, economical and cultural world in Brussels are casually passed in review. Conventional documentary codes are undermined or subtly eroded, and as if by coincidence, a complex tangle of art, brokerage and politics slowly unravels.

Concept, scenario, camera, editing Sven Augustijnen

Une Femme Entreprenante has been on display at the following locations:

WIELS Brussel, (BE) Mar 19–Mar 20 2016 Argos Brussel, (BE) Sunday, Apr 22 2012 OCA Oslo, (NO) Thursday, Sep 22 2011 Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen University Xiamen, (CN) Dec 18 2009–Jan 17 2010 Lumière Maastricht, (NL) Friday, Mar 27 2009 Marres & Lumière Maastricht, (NL) Mar 26–Mar 29 2009 Argos Brussel, (BE) Feb 26–Feb 27 2005 Argos Brussel, (BE) Nov 6 2004–Sep 1 2005