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The Wasp and the Weather

Robin Vanbesien

2019Belgium19 minColour

Rzoezie (Arabic word for “wasp”) is a former youth centre in Mechelen, Belgium. In
1978, Rzoezie was founded and organised by young people of Moroccan and Amazigh
descent. Inspired by Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, the centre focused on
self-pedagogy and self-organisation: ‘bottom-up’ and ‘from the inside’.
At the centre, the youngsters wrote poetry. In the wasp and the weather, some of the
original authors (M’Hamed El Ouali, Abdelhay Ben Abdellah) and contemporary poets
(Samira Saleh, Mathieu Charles, and Fatma Alomrani, Muhned Bnana, Hooman,
Marcus Bergner and Mohamed Tawfiq of the Post Collective) revisit, recite and discuss
these poems.
“I asked them to read the poems wondering about how far their words preserved the
activist history of the moment in which they were written and dedicated to (1990-2000).
My wish was to test their resonance in today’s “weather”, to let these poems environ
the social debts that remain upon us.”
Numerous voices gauge the tone of the emotion in which the poems were begun –
hesitating, repeating words and commenting them. As their verses subside, a certain
thickness of images crops up, composing a landscape layered with past desires and
current doubts.
the wasp and the weather (2019) is part of an ongoing study of the imaginary which
holds together self-organized social practices (started with the film Under These Words
(Solidarity Athens 2016) 2017).

Robin Vanbesien

Robin Vanbesien is a Brussels based filmmaker, artist and cultural worker whose films, installations and performances inhabit an explorative search for a ‘co-elaborative’ feeling and thinking that is social and material. His previous film, Under These Words (2016), and the associated book, Solidarity Poiesis: I Will Come and Steal You, constitute an account of the social poetics of solidarity work. His work has been shown at various venues internationally.

  • PRODUCTION : Robin Vanbesien (timely), Fleur Van Muiswinkel (Contour Biennale 9), Olivier Marboeuf
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