This is Rwanda

TOM BOGAERT

Colour your Way (2021)
Video, work in progress.

Low production re-enactment of the 1994 Bronco chase in which O.J. Simpson led police in a low speed chase on a Los Angeles freeway. Filmed from the back of a moto-taxi in Kigali, Rwanda in February 2019.

Between 1996 and 1997 I documented the aftermath of the Rwanda genocide on behalf of the UN in Burundi and DRCongo. I stopped practicing international law in 2004 and moved to NYC to pursue a career as an artist.

I made my visual arts debut with ‘This is Rwanda’, a short experimental video in which I embedded footage of the genocide into the interface of a computer game. The film had its world premiere at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

‘This is Rwanda’ evolved into an ongoing project that examines a response to the genocide that exceeds the rationality of official state- and multilateral organizations. At the time of writing, ‘This is Rwanda’ consists of video, sculpture, sound, and performance.

On the occasion of the 25th anniversaries of respectively the genocide in Rwanda and the O.J. Simpson case, I was artist-in-residence at Ivuka Arts in Kigali in the spring of 2019. Through video and installation, I explored the Relativity of Simultaneity: the concept that distant simultaneity – whether two spatially separated events occur at the same time – is not absolute, but depends on the observer’s reference frame.