Sanne de Wilde

Qatar, Doha East Wing

Inspired by the role genetics play in humans and how it effects perception, Sanne De Wilde (BE, 1987) uses metaphor to investigate the Pingelap and Pohnpei islands in Micronesia, which both have an extraordinary high incidences of achromatopsia (complete colourblindness). Resulting from the survival of an 18th century king, a carrier of the rare achromatopsia gene, from a catastrophic typhoon over Pingelap - a tiny atoll in the Pacific Ocean - over 150 years ago, his hereditary condition has overrun this isolated community, leaving many islanders perceiving the world solely in black and white.