As part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Four Months, Four Million Light Years

Sara Sejin Chang

premiere / visual arts & performance

Artist / director:
Sara Sejin Chang
Céline Gillian
Singing, drumming:
Yan Vandenbroucke
Leslie Maes
Lila John
Film editing + colorgrading:
Paul Millot and Sara Sejin Chang
Budget and production support:
Katrien Reist
Supported by:
The Mondriaan Foundation, Kunstenwerkplaats De Pianofabriek, GRIMONSTER
Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts & Charleroi danse
Photo / Foto / Picture
© Sara Seijin Chang

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we unfortunately have to cancel the 25th edition of the festival.

The mission of the festival has always been to support artistic creation, and we keep this as our core mission today. In a global crisis where the artistic community also is financially weakened, we aim to support the artists and collaborators of the festival with co-production contributions and cancellation compensations.

You can contribute to our action by buying Ghost Tickets (€10/20) or a Ghost Pass on our website until May 30th. Your help is needed. A lot of costs have already been incurred in the preparation of the festival, and we won’t be able to count on ticket incomes, nor several of our punctual subsidies.
Thanks a lot for your help and support. We are already looking forward to seeing you next year. In the meantime, take care!


Four Months, Four Million Light Years takes the colonial print “Shaman of Duyvel-priester in Tungoesen Lant” by the Dutchman Nicolaes Witsen as the starting point for a spiritual journey through time. The seventeenth-century print is the first Western image of a shaman.
This caricatural image was later used by missionaries to marginalize shamanism.
It is also the start of racialized and infantilizing descriptions of Asian people by white Europeans. Through text, film footage, watercolours and drum playing, artist Sara Sejin Chang presents a story about those who were forced to leave their families. The “Four Months” in the title refer to the time it took to make a Korean child available for the lucrative transracial adoption industry. An industry that still lives off the same imagery as that of 300 years ago. As the artist reconnected with her culture, shamans told her that if she had not been forced to migrate, she herself would have become a shaman. They help to create a ritual that pays homage to those who have been cut off from their mothers, fathers, family, ancestors, land, culture and spirits.

Wed. 27.05.2020
Bruxelles - La Raffinerie
Thu. 28.05.2020
Bruxelles - La Raffinerie
Fri. 29.05.2020
Bruxelles - La Raffinerie
Sat. 30.05.2020
Bruxelles - La Raffinerie
Sat. 30.05.2020
Bruxelles - La Raffinerie