To Give Things a Name

Glean 4, Summer 2024

Text by Pieter Van Bogaert

Sirah Foighel Brutmann & Eitan Efrat

What’s in a name? When Chantal Akerman opens her last film, No Home Movie (2015), with an extended shot of a tree in the desert, she doesn’t give the place a name. She films a generic desert; it could be anywhere. Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat recognise the place and retrace Akerman’s journey, from Brussels to Israel, to film the same desert and give it a name: al-Naqab. It’s the beginning of ‘Là’, the duo’s exhibition in S.M.A.K.

Akerman has a thing for names. The tit (…)

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