HD 16:9


spoken | English subtitles


Growth Record #3 is the third part in a yearly conceptual series, steadfastly documenting the growth of a baby towards adulthood through photography and video.

In a voiceover, Spilliaert unfolds the reasons for starting this project. She bluntly explains being intimate with a Japanese man who became a father about nine months later. Spilliaert imagines she herself could have easily gotten pregnant and thus becoming the mother.


This project seemingly attempts to portray a newborn being as well as the artist herself – whose own ageing process is indirectly a subject. We’re made privy to the space Spilliaert occupies in the life of the young child, behaving at once as intruder and observer. Disregarding her personal involvement, she acts as if she’s carrying out a professional assignment. By displaying photography as a rigid ritual, the autobiographical aspects of the piece are surpassed.

The film was screened or exhibited at:


  • Het Bos, Antwerp (BE) 2016

  • LLS 387, Antwerp (BE) 2016

  • National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka (JP) 2016

  • Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE) 2018

  • Derde Triënnale Hedendaagse Kunst van Psychiatrische Ziekenhuis Duffel, Duffel (BE) 2018

  • De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL), 11 March > 15 May 2022



  • Produced by Escautville and LLS 387

  • Camera: Chloë Delanghe 

  • Edit: Elias Heuninck

  • Mix: Yoerik Roevens

  • Grading: Loup Brenta

  • Subs JP-EN: Emi Kodama

  • Titels: Mario Debaene