Closing Credits for a New Beginning, detail of video installation, 2016
Zoé Schreiber is a Belgian visual artist with Canadian and Congolese roots. She works at the intersection of photography, drawing and the moving image. Memory and representation are the main concerns of her practice and stem from a need to make sense of her multi-ethnic identity.
Closing Credits for a New Beginning explores the evocative potential of suits to activate repressed or forgotten memories as they pertain to the Belgian Congo’s indigenous intellectual elite, the “évolués.” The installation uses Super 8 footage shot by Zoé Schreiber's maternal grandfather in the 1960s, a Congolese “évolué” himself and an architect of Congolese Independence. By projecting it on an row of vintage suits, the installation disrupts and re-activates latent visual memories and explores their meanings. In exploiting the potential for iconic clothing to evoke and call into existence in the imagination of the viewer a certain group associated with it, Closing Credits for a New Beginning suggests a presence while evoking its absence, thereby interrogating a colonial past whose repercussions continue to be felt in the present.