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Became a site-specific work that developed into a performative video installation. Details in the space gave her input to translate it into a kind of surrealistic dream. A simple fabric hanging in the tree can lead to a possible parachute landing. A man sitting across the water can become the voice that tells you more about the history of the location. Playing with theater and everyday life became a game, what is happening live or what is recorded before? What is there to see in ‘the now’? Or do we keep missing these moments when we place ourselves before a screen?

Kiana starts interpreting the space visually and responds with a design that fits the form and structure of the space. While she was there, the boats on the Oudegracht ensured interaction between her and the people. This was considered as something valuable and the connection can be felt in her work. It was her starting point and became an interplay with you as the spectator, them as the encounters, the space and her as a performer.

It’s an ongoing process of translating situations, a search to engage the spectator and invite a new type of audience by making them part of the work.

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Credits: Annelies Verhelst

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Kiana Dekkers

Kiana Dekkers has a background in theater and interior design, she is based in Antwerp but also working in the Netherlands. She aims to make you wander around and see particularities you never noticed before. By analyzing space she developed strategies to respond to them and make you receive it as an experience where a transformation has happened. Her work raises questions of your relation towards time and place, and it will help you trigger your imagination. Her interventions become meeting places so dare to stroll around to take in new perspectives, to share your associations with others.

With her research, she found ways to merge theatricality into our everyday life using all sorts of scenographic tools that she has been practicing for a couple of years now. Before these masters, she did an internship at Het Toneelhuis in Antwerp and worked with scenographer Lawrence Malstaf in Norway.