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Lecture Wayne Modest – Art, Museums and Practices of Refusal

Installation views from Cinema Olanda, 2017, by Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Photo © Daria Scagliola Installation views from Cinema Olanda, 2017, by Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Photo © Daria Scagliola

The Society of Arts organizes a talk by Wayne Modest on Saturday 14 October as part of the Cinema Olanda project by Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter. Modest, material culture expert, will argue for greater attention to refusal within the current conversation about colonialism.

Wayne Modest uses ‘refusal’ here to mark out his interest to engage with the work of those scholars who have tried to broaden the category of responses to (colonial) power beyond questions of resistance. Refusal may also be part of political action, of movements for decolonization and self-determination, for rights and recognition, for rejecting specific structures and systems.
Taking art and museums as a starting point Modest will explore how attention to refusal could alter the ways in which we debate colonial durabilities and their ongoing effects on questions surrounding heritage, citizenship and belonging in contemporary Europe.

The lecture will be followed by a discussion between Wayne Modest and Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter, the people behind the Cinema Olanda project.
Moderator: Mitchell Esajas, Chair New Urban Collective

Date: 14 October 2017
Time: 7.00 – 8.30 pm (welcome from 6.30 pm)
Location: Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam
Language: English; the discussion will be in Dutch and English.
Entrance: Participation is free of charge, but you must register in advance by completing the registration form on the Academy website.

About the speaker
Wayne Modest is Head of the Research Center for Material Culture, the research institute for the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden) and Afrika Museum (Berg en Dal). He is also professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam.

Cinema Olanda project
This lecture is part of the Cinema Olanda project. A collaborative project by artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh and curator Lucy Cotter that is supported by the Society of Arts.

Cinema Olanda is the Dutch entry for the 57th edition of Venice Biennale, commisioned by the Mondriaan Fund. Van Oldenborgh and Cotter present an architectural installation in the Rietveld Pavilion with film works  that question the Dutch national self-image.