Research Field: Aesthetics, Cinema, Iconography, Postcolonial Theory, Japan, Afro-Futurism

Current project: Indigenous Cinema in the DRC.

I’m a Belgian filmmaker and professor in film studies and visual cultures. Since 2005, my work centers around exploring the failures of decolonization. I've been trained in Philosophy (MA), African Studies, International Relations (MA), and Cinema Studies (MA). After I completed a thesis on Eurocentrism (Europa Mensura) and co-created a video series on Alterity (ôtre k’ôtre 2007), I researched African cinema and postcolonial film theory at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts; at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies; the University of Bayreuth’s Africa Multiple Cluster of Excellence and at the Waseda University in Tokyo. I teach/taught courses on World Cinema, Aesthetics, Curating & Exhibiting, Documentary Theory, Film Criticism, and Script Writing. My current Marie Skłodowska-Curie research at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis of the University of Amsterdam, explores scattered worldviews and aesthetics as politics of forms. My films, including Under The White Mask(2020), Palimpsest of the Africa Museum (2019), Lobi Kuna (2018), Diorama (2018), and Jerusalem, the Adulterous Wife (2008), have been showcased at festivals such as the Berlinale and numerous platforms. I guest lectured at EHESS, Paris1-Panthéon, Humbold… and published with Interventions, Third Text, Cambridge Scholars, Columbia UP, Black Camera, Artl@s Bulletin, Visual Anthropology, Francofonia, Imaginations, Journal of African Cinema, Image [&] Narrative, Ethische Perspectieven, L'Harmattan, Sternberg Press and Wallflower Press amongst others. My writings include an edited book on Lumumba in the Arts (Leuven University Press) which reached a list of the top-100 "books to escape the news" (LitHub). Besides, I was regularly invited to talk in non-academic contexts (Bozar, RFI, Klara, KVS, De Roma, Bruzz, Cinematek, WIELS), to curate film programs (MuZee, NOVA) and to write for MO* Magazine, Rekto:Verso, l’Art Même, Aktief, Filmmagie and Décadrages.

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