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1070 Brussels, Belgium


Sven Augustijnen

publication, 2011, English, French & Dutch, 504p

If the ‘communist infiltration of Africa’ was a spectre often used to justify the elimination of Patrice Lumumba, the assasination of the Congo’s – indeed, Africa’s – first democratically elected Prime Minister on 17 January 1961 created a spectre of it’s own. Sir Jaques Brassinne de La Buissière, then a young Belgian functionary, was in Elisabethville on that fateful day. He has written several books on the subject, and spent more than thirty years trying to bring to light ‘what really happened’. This supplement to Sven Augustijnen’s film Spectres offers another look at the film’s main character, who is at once guide, narrator, and symbol of a past that continues to cast its shadow on the present.

The publication won the Fernand Baudin Prize 2011.

Concept Sven Augustijnen
Editors Steven Tallon, Emiliano Battista
Copy editors Charlotte Woillez, Severine Lorole
Design Luc Derycke, Jeroen Wille, Ellen Debucquoy, Studio Luc Derycke
Published by ASA Publishers, Brussels
With the support of Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Koninklijke Vlaamse Schouwburg, WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren, de Appel arts centre, Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Kunsthalle Bern, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen

Spectres has been on display at the following locations:

FOMU Antwerp, (BE) Mar 1–Oct 6 2019 Art Brussels Brussel, (BE) Apr 24–Apr 27 2015 Art Rotterdam Rotterdam, (NL) Feb 5–Feb 8 2015 Bibliotheek Sint-Lukas Brussel, (BE) Sep 20–Oct 10 2012 Boekhandel Nijhof & Lee Amsterdam, (NL) Jun 21–Jul 15 2012 Tropismes Brussels, (BE) May 22–Jun 10 2012 Be Part Waregem, (BE) Sunday, May 13 2012 Be Part Waregem, (BE) Apr 15–Jun 10 2012 Wiels Brussel, (BE) Mar 23–Mar 25 2012