Susan van Hengstum


2012/ 2013
video loop of photocollage 35mm | 4:51 min | no sound


Sequences of photo's follow men who are taking their uncompromising turn towards Mecca during the Friday prayer in the neighbourhood Fass in Dakar (Senegal). Whilst the act of praying is a spiritual act, all the photo's can show is their phenomenological immersion in reality. The rigid paste of the video and the grid of the sequences shifts the emphasis from the heavily charged act of praying to the realisation of how we cannot escape our physical surroundings whilst the surroundings cannot show any other than what there is.