Sara Sejin Chang

Brussels, 2016

Visit our garden room for the Dutch premiere of 'Brussels, 2016' by Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide).

The film Brussels, 2016 is a poetic, political, diary-esque portrait of the Belgian capital.


Dutch artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) made this film during her residency at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels in the spring of 2016. Her residency coincided with the terrorist attacks of 22 March, as well as with the British vote to leave the European Union on 23 June.


Sara Sejin Chang was born in South Korea and grew up in the Netherlands. Like many others, she wonders about social cohesion and identity within a context of growing racism and xenophobia. In the film, we see how the filmmaker dwells through the city and interacting with a lost cat, lesbian vanguards, refugees, a new-born baby, locals, friends and a new lover. In so doing, she raises questions post-colonial, modernist and nationalist concepts; these then collide with one another within the context of bigger global realities.



The film screens continuously from Tues 23 May – Sat 3 June between 10h00 and 18h00, and during evening programmes in De Brakke Grond.

About Sara Sejin Chang

Sara Sejin Chang (1977) was born in Busan, South Korea and lives and works in Amsterdam and Brussels. She was artist-in-residence at ISCP, New York (2007) and WIELS, Brussels (2016). Since 2016 she has been part of the Piet Zwart MFA tutorial team. Her work has been shown at International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Biennale of Sydney, the Kyiv Biennale, the Van Abbemuseum and Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum. 



She has amongst others participated in various exhibitions and performed at the following venues: at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam; the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; the 1st Asia Biennial/the 5th Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou; KIOSK, Gent; M HKA, Antwerp; De Pont, Tilburg; Fondazione Giuliani, Rome; De Appel, Amsterdam; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam; Het Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

HOME [a brief guide]

This film has been programmed as part of HOME [a brief guide] In this themed programme of De Brakke Grond, artists, theatre-makers, writers, musicians and academics tell stories about what makes people feel at home. An artistic manual for domesticity.

ImageStill from 'Brussels, 2016' (c) Sara van der Heide
With support fromAmsterdam Fund for the Arts and Mondriaan Fund