Fecility van Oort talks about loss, grief, memories and what it means to be able to document our lives.

Felicity van Oort talked about her project reconstructing the stories of 9/11 victims that were not officially recognised. She discussed the difficulties of the research process as well as the ethical dilemmas she faced in sharing this information. Her video ‘Either not dead or does not exist’ is the creative result of this process.

About the speaker

Felicity van Oort (Amsterdam, 1989) is a Dutch Visual Artist, creating experiences that fully capture the viewer. After graduating with a BA in Photography from the HKU this summer, Felicity quickly had an exhibition and nomination at the Dutch Photography Museum for the Steenbergen Stipendium 2017 under her belt. Her work features absence, identity and decease and tries to juxtapose different truths. How do we look at truth?

Using a variety of media, Felicity chooses story over form. Her graduation project “Either not dead or does not exist” is an 8.5-meter-wide video installation, showing an homage to and a research of the narratives of the individuals missing on the 9/11 Memorial. The names of the lives lost during the attacks in New York City are all there – except for those people whose deaths could not be proven. How do we relate to truth if there’s no evidence for a possible truth?

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