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THE CHRONIC WANDERING
OF DUST


project type - Site-Specific Video Installation
year - 2022

‘The Chronic Wandering of Dust’ was my contribution to Holding Pattern; Sandberg Instituut’s Studio for Immediate Spaces 2022 graduation show at De Oude Rechtbank, the former courthouse in Amsterdam. This project delved into the moral narratives of dust and the mechanisms for its control. By physically interacting with cloths laden with dust extracted from the shelves of the IHLIA Heritage —the largest LGBTQIA+ archive in Europe— visitors were invited to partake in the everlasting circularity of dust. The piece was a nostalgic activation of dust, an undesirable agent that manifests itself as an uncanny physical index of history when displaced from one place to another, while having the ability of unsettling regimes of order, permanence, and control. The compulsive task of dusting served as a metaphor for the dynamics between repression and desire. A spatial dialogue between law and queer emancipation. Dust, like desire, cannot be swept under the rug. It is simply moved, not removed.

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