Missing Scenes: from the lives of the unknown, she will be born
Moving image project by Sabine Groenewegen
Production: near/by film
From the lives of the unknown is a moving image project in development exploring omission of maternal ancestry. The title of this work in development is borrowed from a passage by Virginia Woolf, when she imagines a dead poet who was Shakespeare’s sister, who ‘died young and never wrote a word’.
Woolf draws this sister of Shakespeare as an ancestor and creative force we can connect to; ‘Now my belief is that this poet who never wrote a word and was buried at the cross-roads still lives. She lives in you and me, and in many other women […] for great poets do not die; they are continuing presences, they need only the opportunity to walk among us in the flesh’ (A Room of One's Own, 1929, ed. Penguin, 2000, 111-112).