Parallel program Cinema Olanda

Cinema Olanda, Wendelien van Oldenborgh 2017 (production image) Cinema Olanda, Wendelien van Oldenborgh 2017 (production image)

The exhibition for the Dutch Pavilion in Venice forms part of Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter’s wider Cinema Olanda collaborative project that seeks to contribute towards the development of a new national self-image by bringing art, film and architecture in dynamic relationship with questions of social imagery and agency. An extensive parallel program in the Netherlands shares the exhition’s questions with a national audience.

17 June – 20 August Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam
Cinema Olanda: Platform
Groups and individuals who have informed and inspired Cinema Olanda have been invited to guest-curate a series of public events and to use the institution as a further site of production for existing projects, which are presented alongside film installations by Van Oldenborgh in an adaptable exhibition scenography.

Guest programmers include Quinsy Gario (artist, poet), Charl Landvreugd (artist, curator, writer), Patricia Pisters and Esther Peeren (ASCA, University of Amsterdam), New Urban Collective (Jessica de Abreu, Mitchell Esajas), and First Things First (Katayoun Arian; curator, researcher, writer, Louise Autar; activist, organiser, Max de Ploeg, activist, cultural & political programmer).

30 June Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Stedelijk Statements | Lucy Cotter & Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Wendelien Van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter’s edition of Stedelijk Statements will focus on their joint interest in the dynamic relationship between contemporary art, aesthetics, and social imaginaries, which informs Cinema Olanda. The program begins with a lecture by Cotter in the afternoon, followed by an evening program with the screening of Sound Track Stage (2006-2008), an early work by Van Oldenborgh featuring hiphop- and gabberculture. The program will be concluded with a conversation between Van Oldenborgh, photographer Ari Versluis, and writer and curator David Dibosa.
Time: 16.00-17.00 hrs (lecture program) / 19.00-21.30 hrs (film screening & Talk)

23 June Dutch Pavilion, Giardini, Venice, 15:00-17:30
Cinema Olanda, live event
A live public program took place in the Dutch pavilion, during which leading thinkers in the fields of art, anthropology and sociology reflected on the Cinema Olanda exhibition and engaged in dialogue with Van Oldenborgh and Cotter.

Writer/curator Sarat Maharaj offered a personal reflection on Cinema Olanda, entering into dialogue with the artist and curator. This was followed by a screening of the exhibition’s title film, Cinema Olanda (2017). Avery Gordon (author of a.o. Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (2008) and Gloria Wekker (author of a.o. White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race (2016) offered their individual perspectives on Cinema Olanda, before engaging in discussion with each other.

15.00 Sarat Maharaj with Wendelien van Oldenborgh and Lucy Cotter
16.00 Film screening Cinema Olanda (2017)
16.30 Gloria Wekker in conversation with Avery Gordon

13 June EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
Artist’s talk and screening
Wendelien van Oldenborgh discussed her films and sources of inspiration with Patricia Pisters, Professor of Film and Media Studies (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis). Lucy Cotter offered a brief introduction. During the talk fragments from the work of van Oldenborgh and Glauber Rocha were presented, followed by Pedro Costa’s Colossal Youth (2006).