i screamed & i screamed & i screamed
a work by SARAH VANHEE

video installation/performance, 2013
produced by contour 2013

During the summer of 2013, Sarah Vanhee worked with several inmates at Mechelen prison. She describes this artistic project: ‘For an outsider, the prison building is a warning or a reassurance. The prisoner himself doesn’t have a face. He is reduced to legal matter, to government penal policy. Within the prison walls, there is only space for silent, obedient bodies. I Screamed and I Screamed and I Screamed challenges this silent body, and hence the normalizing society. The sterile anonymity of the prison wall is disturbed by the voices of the prison inhabitants. And centrally, in the midst of it all, stands a screaming body.’

The video and sound installation I Screamed and I Screamed and I Screamed consists of an eight hour long video recording of a prison wall seen from the outside: a high brick wall changing from light to darkness while the sun travels from east to west; dry grass in slight movement; an airplane's contrail high in the sky, hardly noticeable; rare sounds from the neighbouring houses.
Facing this projection of the prison wall, the spectator can, via headphones, listen to a fifteen minutes long score of different screams donated by about twenty prisoners of the jail of Mechelen.

artist : sarah vanhee
production: contour 2013
sound: kwinten van laethem