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An van Dienderen

Born in Brasschaat, near Antwerp, An Van Dienderen studied history of art at Leuven before landing a Master's in audiovisual arts at the Sint-Lukas Institute in Brussels. In Ghent she followed a degree course in comparative cultures, while in the US, at Berkeley, she followed courses on ‘Rhetoric/Film Studies and ‘Women Studies' with Trinh Minh-Ha. In 1998, she worked with students on a visual anthropology documentary about the fishermen of Ostend. She took off for the province of Yunnan in China to discover the extraordinary culture of the matriarchal society - the last in a polyandrous tradition - of the Mosuo women, which resulted in Nachtelijke Bezoekers, a record of her intuitive and poetic journey into their feminine universe. For Brussels 2000 she is directing a new visual anthropology project, Parken en pleinen in Brussel, which is linking three schools: Sint Lucas (the creative force behind the documentary) and the universities of Ghent and Brussels (the theorists of the science of comparative cultures). (8/14)

Visitors of the Night
A film by An van Dienderen, 1998, 34 min., Color

The failures of the ethnographic endeavor to discover “reality” are revealed in this expository and experimental film. The narrator-ethnographer emba...

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