The work of Brussels based artist-duo Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere weaves together different social and ecological realities. Their documentary inspired theatre combines elements of storytelling, journalism, research and activism.
Drawing on audio-testimonies, conversations and images recorded during their fieldwork, the duo samples and edits their research into a polyphonic whole. Political insights, personal stories, ecological grief and philosophical reflections are brought together in a multi-layered and performative patchwork of voices.
By challenging existing power structures and narrative inequalities, the theatrical work of Huysmans and Dereere tries to bring different voices and stories to the front. Driven by editing and live-montage, their contemporary form of documentary storytelling takes on a rhythmical and musical approach.
Over the past years, their work has developed a strong thematic focus on extraction of resources and the impact of mining on economic, social and ecological environments. This focus was triggered by a recent mining disaster in the region where Silke grew up as a child in the south of Brazil.
Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere are represented by arts centre Campo (Ghent). They also work closely together with Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels) and Beursschouwburg (Brussels). Their debut ‘Mining Stories’ was awarded the main prize at Zürcher Theaterspektakel 2018.