NOWs: Bumbu by Elise Eeraerts

27 April 2016 / Nows

Bumbu (21:43 min) by Elise Eeraerts

The video Bumbu by Elise Eeraerts has been produced in the context of Thread – Artist Residency & Cultural Center in Sinthian, a rural village in Tambacounda, Senegal, supported by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation.

The video Bumbu by Elise Eeraerts evolved through a participatory, collaborative process with local craftswomen in Sinthian, Senegal. A series of ceramic objects was jointly created. Segments of each object were partly made by the women and partly by the artist; thus each object has more than one creator. The word ‘bumbu’ means the “beginning” or “foundation” of a pot, often the bottom part, which is produced by use of a mould. Eeraerts initiated the ceramic series, introducing geometrical forms form her artistic repertoire. In the video the geometrical, modular forms of the moulded “foundation” parts made by the Eeraerts contrast with the craftwomen’s traditional forms and techniques, yet inspire the new objects that evolve throughout the dialogical work process.

Elise Eerarts reflects: “Through the intensive collaboration process, we were actively involved with each other’s working habits and techniques. I could get a sense of various aspects during the making of the series. The video ‘bumbu’ shows the making of: from collecting materials in nature, such as earth, grass, dung, to processing the materials and shaping the objects. Towards the end of the film the younger generations appears more prominently in sequences that confront the previous framing of the traditional culture and crafts with digital media imagery that introduce another perspective to the present and the future of the rituals and life in the village’s culture.”