Bel (Muscular Growth), 2023

HD digital video, 02:23

This video work is based on my ongoing personal research on the extreme muscular and male body within patriarchal society. Through my extensive collaboration with bodybuilder Jurgen van Wesemael, I got to know his professional world and practice and he got to know mine. We experimented with the notion of objectification, resulting in this video piece where he was bodypainted and ringing a bell with his nose during a session of push ups.


Camera: Anaïs Chabeur
Bodypaint: Hamed Dehqan, Jivan van der Ende
Bodybuilder: Jurgen van Wesenmael
Voice over: Sebastien Pluot, Jivan van der Ende
Supported by Lichtekooi, HISK, Nederlandse Ambassade, BIFBB

Exhibited at the groupshow
De overwinning van de mens op de dingen. Over sport

With works by Aline Bouvy, Denicolai & Provoost, Harun Farocki, Meschac Gaba, Ingeborg Lüscher, Sandrine Morgante, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Shervin/e Sheikh Rezaei, Amber Vanluffelen, Jivan van der Ende, Benjamin Verhoeven, Gert Verhoeven and Ken Verhoeven

13.05.2023 – 24.06.2023