Arian Cristiaens is a Belgian artist
I had a great time speaking with Arian Cristiaens about her inter-generational archival performance book, in which she plays with images of her and her family with those of her own parents. In places, it is tough to tell which is which, making for a fluid and fascinating body of work that is well worth revisiting. Mixing the archives of her father and his intimate photographs of her mother with her own, the artist has created a world in which the generational family gaze becomes hard to untie. We do not know exactly who is who, and the level of intimacy crosses borders between the real and the imagined.
It was great speaking with the artist, and her new book and her former book Xenia, also published by APE, are fascinating recollections of family and mines interpersonal questions about boundaries and identity. Tune In!