2022, ceramics, chains, glass, drinks, reception
I’ll explain everything to the geese is a happening based on elements of a Belgian folk tradition. The event questions the beauty and the burden of belonging to a group, a community, a family. 

You enter the space, head straight to the open bar. This part of the social event is familiar to you. Then you find a ceramic object chained to your glass. Free festivities in exchange for taking care of a delicate item all evening: do accept these terms?

As the crowd grows bigger, the recurrence of the objects becomes nearly ritualistic. The people who are carrying the same burden are involuntarily connected. Are you proud you are a part of it? Relieved you are not?

The objects, similar as they may seem, are all handmade and unique. These small differences might spark conversations. How do you interpret the individuality in this shared experience? The awkwardness of the familiar?

Reflect on responsibility. Imagine mysterious origin stories. Enjoy a nice glass of whatever. 


2022, cherry wood, dough, metal cart
The design for the cookie board 'ECHO III: The 'Some Say' Cycle' is a speculative text about the origins of the "first" story, the primordial myth, and how it came about. The rumours suggest three possible narratives to explain that very first one.
The cookie board shows the mirrored text, which will only become readable in the shape of an oversized cookie. The cookie, in turn, begs to be eaten by the visitors. Parts of the content disappear and the meaning is lost until it reappears in a new anew.

The cookie was baked by Chocolatier Pas based on a secret family recipe.



2022, archeological pieces, audio, photographs, speculative history
The presentation of ‘Het Opgevist Verleden’ (the fished-up past) consists mainly of an archeological jug, a fifteenth century beardman jug, that tells its traumatic story from raw clay to stoneware to ending up in front of an audience. Alongside the main piece are vitrines filled with shards that were found at the same site as the jug. They are combined with photos of hands covered in clay, a portret of the jug and a portret of the artist as the jug.

This project was made with the help of Kempens Karakter.



2022, wood, salt dough
‘Wij-gift’ is a mobile wishing wall made for an in situ project by Wo Meine Sonne Scheint | Tuinzigt. The shrine holds 14 salt dough wishes for and by the neighborhood and its people. The project was conceived and made in relation to the neighborhood in one week’s time. It is based on a collection of Ex Voto’s from the local museum.



ABOUT

In his interdisciplinary practice, Ignace Cami (°1986, BE) takes folk culture as a starting point to make objects, sculptures, installations and writings. He thereby activates the contemporary meaning of local history.



Trained as a printmaker and sculptor, Cami started moving towards more active and social ways of distributing his projects. Each project creates a new platform for social interaction. By emphasizing familiarity in his own tender and playful way, he pushes the boundaries of performativity and storytelling.

 

He also ran the artist run CRYING space with Ward Zwart and is a part of collaborative projects like Haas & Gaai, Boris & Kitchenknife and Nestvlieders.

+ CV & selected shows


CONTACT

ignace.cami(at)gmail(dot)com