In One of Us, we behold a seemingly endless human procession of people looming from a misty white void. It's a curious amalgam of characters who have their origins in the three largest religiously-oriented processions of Flanders (Belgium). Unambiguously, they refer to evangelical figures as we know them from old biblical films. Only here, besides dusty robes and occasionally a staff, the men clearly wear false beards and long-haired wigs. The women too - for the most part with a theatrical application of make-up - wear long dresses, often religious garments, and sometimes they are hidden under burqas.
In a chilling and hypnotic way - like in a haunting ritual - these wandering religious fanatics approach us head-on and chant: "We accept you... One of us... We accept you... One of us, one of us... Gooba-gobble, gooba-gobble... One of us ... "
The film was screened or exhibited at:
Objectif Exhibitions (BE) Dec.19, 2015
Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels (BE), 2015
Produced by Escautville
Coproduced by Centrale for Contemporary Art, Brussels; Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels
With the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF)
One of Us, 2015 | excerpt