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The Return of O
The Return of O

The Return of O. invites the visitor to make a mental journey – unrestricted by time or space – through a repetition of photographic memories Annelies Vaneycken collected during her ten most recent years of travel. This visual odyssey explores the conflict between repetition in life, its transience, stillness and immobility and the unquenchable thirst for innovation and progress. The artist invites the visitors to participate by selecting a visual and/or textual fragment and taking it with them to new destinations. The project will travel on to other locations so as to defragment and reshape the book.

This project was realized during a residency at FLACC, Genk (Belgium).

The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, June 2014, WIELS
Photo credits: Celine Callens


The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, Annelies Vaneycken, FLACC The Return of O, Action to distribute the book, June 4th 2014, WIELS
Photo credits: Celine Callens


The Return of O
Luuk Nouwen, FLACC, December 2013

Travel plays a prominent role in the work of Vaneycken. She identifies conflicts or problems in particular cultures and makes them visible to a larger audience. Conflicts one only learns about when physically present in the places they affect, and through direct contact with the local inhabitants in the conflict area. Her travels, in this way, have taken her from the favelas in Brazil, to the pastoral communities in the Pyrenees. But what if travel is temporarily made impossible? How can one deal in a meaningful way with the information and experiences one has? The artist explores the conflict between the daily grind of life, transience, quietude, immobility, and the ever-present hunger for innovation and progress, on the basis of the trips she has made in the last ten years. She draws a parallel with Odysseus, who after his victory over Troy took a 10-year journey home. A journey full of adventures that, if anything, made him more human. How can any kind of order be brought to this experience, its essence made apparent? How does the journey affect one as a person? The artist, in her book, tries to combine a number of ordering systems in an attempt to understand in what way, and to what extent, her childhood travels have shaped her. In this way, she tries to answer the question why travel is so important in her practice as an artist and, similarly, how she can approach this given when she will have ceased travelling, temporarily or otherwise.