Cinema, Podium en
Werkplek in Kortrijk

Sarah Vanhee

Dienst woorden

Public presentation during Memento Festival
19:00 – 20:00

Sarah Vanhee

Is there something you want to say or write but can’t find the words? service words is happy to help with matters of head, heart and soul for which you need words. The words service lends you a listening ear. Communication is precious there. Various writings are created with care and precision, in consultation, within a discreet, poetic setting.

With this work, Vanhee elaborates on her practice of active and deep listening, central to her oeuvre. service words offers attention and humanity in a hurried society, and is an ethical, aesthetic and symbolic alternative to the far-reaching digitalisation and robotisation of our language, communication and services. From January to March, service words could be visited at the Kortrijk library.

During the public presentation on 16 March, Sarah Vanhee will talk about the real and fictional history of the public writer, about her role as a writer of words and about her experiences, ideas and observations on what is difficult to say today.

This project is part of the European programme apap, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union

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Sarah Vanhee (°1980, Ostend) is an internationally renowned artist, performer and author, whose work has been shown in major performing arts contexts for the past fifteen years, as well as in the visual arts, film and literature. Vanhee is known for her transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral work and for inventing ever new, original art forms, mostly in a dilettant manner. Her art is driven by radical imagination, which leads to the creation of radical new fictions, or the realization of radical interventions in reality. In addition, art is an instrument for her to bring underexposed narratives and non-dominant voices to the foreground.

Vanhee travels in between public space and institutional art field. She worked in prisons, private living rooms, open fields, theatres, on public canvases, in corporate meeting rooms, etc. Vanhee believes that art belongs to everyone, and everyone can be an artist.

She has been a guest at BUDA Kortrijk before, with The Great Public Sale of Unrealised but Brilliant Ideas (an auction for unused ideas), Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts), Lecture For Every One (a lecture she gave unsolicited to the police intervention team, Voka, Rotary, etc.) and at NEXT festival with Oblivion (a performance around the collected waste from one year far away).

While strongly embedded locally, Vanhee’s work has been presented widely internationally (in diverse contexts such as KFDA (Brussels), FTA (Montreal), Museo de Reina Sofia (Madrid), Festival Actoral (Marseille), Jihlava IDFF, Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), Centre Pompidou (Metz), iDans (Istanbul), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Wiener Festwochen, etc.) Her work has been part of European networks such as ACT, APAP, House on Fire and Next Step. Since 2023, she has been collaborating with HIROS.

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