Works by Tiong Ang, Fendry Ekel and Otobong Nkanga show the extent to which particular activities and areas such as sports, food and architecture may become signifiers of decolonisation. Jayce Salloum and Renée Ridgway reflect upon historical and political issues, as does Mounir Fatmi. His installation G8-Les Balais reads as an incentive to Western nations to re-read history and to sweep their doorstep. In Kwang-Ju Sons film The Third Tongue, the process of learning English is related to the memory of the Korean War and its aftermath, when modernization meant Americanization. Johan Grimonprezs film Kobarweng, or Where is your Helicopter? set in Irian Jaya and New York reflects upon the idea of otherness, merging anthropological research with subjective experience. While personal stories and history are combined in Son and Grimonprez’s films, they become virtually indistinguishable in Cláudia Cristóvãos Fata Morgana, where African-born Portuguese men and women speak of their largely imagined African identity. Theresa Hak Kyung Chas historical work Mouth to MouthM and Dineo Bopapes recent videos show the body and language as vessels or metaphors of colonial practices. Along with Sigalit Landau, these artists resort to performance to suggest that history may be inscribed within the body.
The video lounge offers a continuous daily programme of documentary, essayistic, fiction and artists’ films. This part of the exhibition helps to underline the multiple perspectives needed in order to reflect upon the complex issue of decolonisation and its images. It will show contemporary viewpoints from the Middle East, Indonesia, South Africa, Turkey, New Zealand and Algeria among others. Researchers from different backgrounds as well as international artists, curators and film collectives have each selected three films. Most of these videos have never previously been screened in the Netherlands.
Tiong Ang, Dineo Bopape, Theresa Hak, Kyung Cha, Cláudia Cristóvão, Fendry Ekel, Mounir Fatmi, Johan Grimonprez, Sigalit Landau, Otobong Nkanga, Jayce Salloum, Renée Ridgway, Jean Rouch, Kwang-Ju Son.
Videos selected by Francesco Bernardelli (Torino), Dana Gilerman/Digital Art Lab (Holon), Daniel du Bern (Wellington) & Tessa Giblin (Auckland/Amsterdam), Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (York University, Toronto), Steve Pillar/Off Stream (Jakarta), Greg Streak/Pulse (Durban), Ruangrupa (Jakarta), Basak Senova/Nomad (Istanbul) and a selection of films including Melvin Moti (Rotterdam) and Susan Youssef (New York).
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