SHORT BIO

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Sarah Vanhee's artistic practice is linked to performance, visual arts and literature, and unfolds in various environments. “I create temporary, porous yet clearly defined spaces in which I analyze existing realities and confront those with an absurd, utopic or poetic proposal. From this friction diffferent narratives, landscapes, practices and fictions emerge. Recent works include "The Making of Justice" (film), "Oblivio"n (performance), "I Screamed and I Screamed and I Screamed" (video-installation & performance), "Untitled" (series of meetings), "Lecture For Every One" (series of intrusions), "Turning Turning" (performance). Her work has been presented in diverse contexts such as Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Art Centre De Appel (Amsterdam), La Ferme du Buisson (Parijs) , Centre Pompidou (Metz), Arnolfini Gallery (Bristol), iDans (Istanbul), Printemps de Septembre (Toulouse), Impulstanzfestival (Vienna), Kiasma (Helsinki), HAU (Berlin) etc. She co-published Untranslatables and wrote The Miraculous Life of Claire C and TT, as well as different texts for performance. She regularly works with CAMPO (Ghent) and is founding member of Manyone vzw. Vanhee lives and works in Brussels.

January 2017 - Sarah Vanhee released her first film "The Making of Justice", in collaboration with seven long term detainees. This followed a lengthy research project exploring on the one hand the discrepancy between the formal, institutional system of justice versus justice as a lived experience; on the other hand the human gap between the exoticised, eroticised Hollywood gangsters, and the monsters created by mainstream media.

Oblivion premiered November 2015 and has been touring since then. Oblivion is a performance with everything Sarah Vanhee would have thrown away during one year working and living. A slow celebration of things unhidden.

In 2014 Lecture For Every One continued spreading all over Europe in diverse languages, intruding into over 250 different gatherings. Vanhee re-made Untitled in the neigbourhood of Forest/Vorst, in collaboration with Kunstenfestivaldesarts and Wiels.

August 2013, Sarah Vanhee made an installation together with inmates of the prison in Mechelen (BE): I screamed and I screamed and I screamed. This project was hosted by Contour 2013.

Spring 2013 Lecture For Every One took off, a series of unannounced artistic interventions in different places where people gather together for a specific purpose, either private or professional. Lecture For Every One is a short lecture on contemporary society as a co-creation by every-one, traveling from banks to football teams and city councils.

Untitled consists of a series of individual visits to private houses where people talk about the artworks they have at home. Untitled is being developed and presented in different cities, in collaboration with local art venues and citizens. Untitled (Leuven), Untitled (Frankfurt) and Untitled (Gent) took place in 2012.

In 2011 Vanhee created the piece Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts), in collaboration with two performers and a number of scholars from the fields of philosophy, neuro-linguistics, psychoanalysis, mathematics and performance theory.

The C-Project, realized in 2010, employed fiction and performance for meetings in real and virtual public space that resulted in the novel The Miraculous Life of Claire C and a series of public interviews A Rendez-Vous with Claire C.

In 2009 she organized the first edition of the Great Public Sale of Unrealized but Brilliant Ideas, a public auction project that has since been produced by several venues. She also developed the publication Untranslatables – a guide to translingual dialogue (in collaboration with Elisa Marchesini, Christoph Schwarz and Yolande de los Bueis).

Earlier she wrote and directed the performance-installation WeUsAll, and wrote and performed the lecture-performance Me and My Stranger. In 2008 she choreographed the dance duet How They Disappeared. In 2007 she graduated at the Amsterdam School of the Arts with the performance 4000 trees, a red dress and an apple (possible story).
Some other facts
2016 - Manyone in focus at Vooruit, Ghent (BE) | Launch poster project Absent Images (BE) | Master Class Theatre Sciences Ugent (BE) | Lecture ARIA, Antwerp (BE) | Artist Speech, opening KFDA, Brussels (BE) | Public Talk with Daniel Blanga-Gubbay, KFDA&ERG, Brussels (BE) | Artist Speech at The Art of a Culture of Hope, Gessnerallee, Zurich (CH) | Artist speech and panel discussion at VEEM, Amsterdam (NL) | Research and lecture On Justice, BUDA, Kortrijk (BE) | Artist Talk at Kiasma, Helsinki (FI) | Workshop NEXT Festival, BUDA, Kortrijk (BE) | Artist Lab at Frascati Theater, Amsterdam (NL)
2015 - Mentoring master drama R’m Aharoni, Kask, Gent (BE) | Theatre text “Wild” for Anne Thuot | Text contribution to “The Time We Share” (KFDA) | Artist talk “Moving Words”, seminar organized by Mette Ingvartsen at Uniarts Stockholm (SE) | Text contribution to “Interrupting the city” (ed. Pascal Gielen) | Text contribution to “Choreopoetic” (ed. Eva-Cecilie Richardsen), Oslo academy of arts (NO) | Text contribution to Recto:Verso (BE) | Artist contribution to Etcetera (BE)
2014 - Workshop at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam (NL) | Talk at Goethe Institute, Amsterdam (NL) | Presentation & Panel discussion 'Phantasm and Politics' HAU, Berlin (DE) | Public Talk at 'Performing Protest', KUL, Leuven (BE) | Residency at CAMPO, Ghent (BE) | Talk at 'encounters', AHK, Amsterdam (NL) | Residency at Pianofabriek, Brussels (BE) | Participation in 'Thinking Together', curated by Berno Odo Polzer, Darmstadt (DE) | Presentation at Enough Room for Space, Brussels (BE) | Workshop for master students film & photography, St. Lukas, Brussels (BE)
2013 - Residencies in STUK, Leuven and CAMPO, Ghent (BE) | Workshop Screaming at CAMPO, Ghent (BE) | Public Talk at Open Boek, Mechelen (BE) | Workshop at Summerschool, Rits, Brussels (BE) | Public Talk Contour, Mechelen (BE) | Founding of Manyone, Brussels (BE)
2012 - Contribution to ‘(des formes de vie)’ by Fanck Leibovici, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, Paris (FR) | Public Talk at ‘Inspiratie - over de grens’, Spui 25, Amsterdam (NL) | Turning Turning workshop, invited by Sarma & Workspace Brussels (BE) | Turning Turning workshop, invited by Brut, Vienna (AT) | The Miraculous Life of Claire C part of the artist novel collection ‘Booklovers’, curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielińska | Turning Turning (a choreography of thoughts) selected for the VSCD mimeprijs 2012, Amsterdam (NL) | Rrrr-group Brussels (BE) | Text contribution to Untitled 4, Christine Desmedt | Publication short novel TT, commisioned by CAMPO, Ghent (BE) | Workshop at La Cambre Fashion departement, Brussels (BE) | Participation in public debate on Slow art, Open House, Brussels (BE)
2011 - Residency Campo Kunstencentrum, Ghent (B) | Lecture on Untranslatables Brut, Vienna (A) | Congress on Transdisciplinary art Moskou (RU) | Talk at Sarma Salon #2, Time is on my side Brussels (B) | Talk at SPIN Night #2, Selling matches in snow covered streets Brussels (B) | Readings Brussels (B) | Interview Dirk Pauwels Sarma Lab Popela's Paralipomena (B) | Masterclass Artez - Friends! Collaborate, interact, share, Arnhem (NL)
2010 - 'Strangers and Viruses’ : Correspondence with Dr. A.Kroes Volume magazine, Amsterdam (NL) | ‘Stranger’ evening: curated by Berthe Spoelstra, with Lex Bohlmeijer, Glenn Helberg a.o.. Manifesto, Something Raw, Amsterdam (NL) | Talk at debate on ‘the future of contemporary music’ Amsterdam (NL) | Res&Ref Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (B) | Performance with Dora Garcia Short Cut, Something Raw, Amsterdam (NL) | Residency at Impulstanz 8tension, Vienna (A)
2009 - ‘On Writing’, Correspondence with Marjolijn van Heemstra Volume magazine, Amsterdam (NL) | Dialogue with Aimar Pérez Galí ’Re-thinking performance, re-considering production’ | Lecture ‘The Imagined Performance’ ‘the Manifold Afterlives of Performance’, Stuk, Leuven (BE) – De Appel, Amsterdam (NL) | Residency in the frame of ‘as_tide’ on intercultural dialogue Brussels (BE), Biella (IT), Graz (AT), Barcelona (ES), Malta | Performance in ‘Nothing can surprise us’, choreography Andrea Bozic
2008 - Statement ‘Theater als tussenruimte’ EHIO, Oostende (BE) | Residency at “Unidee”, Fondazione Pistolletto Cittadellarte, Biella, (I) | Performance in ‘Still life with man and woman’, Andrea Bozic
2007 - Research project ‘Geen Naam’, with Carola Bärtschiger production Bonte Hond, Almere (NL) | Performance in ‘Broeders’, Jetse Batelaan | Performance in “Permanent Revolution” Sue de Beer Flacc, Genk (BE) | Talk ‘Theater en de dood' l’Usine op zondag, Het Veem (NL)