Inverting the Archive brings together the filmic works of Henderson and Peres dos Santos, generating a space in which to critically meditate on the parallel histories of Dutch and British colonialism and to question the applicability of the ‘post’ status of our assumed ‘post-colonial’ era.
In recent years, the research of Henderson and Peres dos Santos has been underpinned by their by their engagement with archival materials sourced from the National Council of Civil Liberties (UK) and the Beeld en Geluid Archief (NL) respectively. Mediating archival threads of colonial history from the position of being an entity who embodies such political inheritance often prompts the haphazard task of second-guessing the vocabulary with which the past has been framed, the narrative laced with bias and scattered with gaps. How, however, can the lens of an artwork invert silence and materialise presence out of absence?
On Commonwealth Migration and Archiving
Talk by Hannah Dawn Henderson
10 November 2018 @ 18:30 - 20:00
This talk will recollect a period of research undertaken by Henderson in the archives of the National Council of Civil Liberties. Overlaying this excavation into the history of Commonwealth migration to the UK with an autobiographical perspective, Henderson will present observations and materials that bring into focus the claustrophobic proximity between the political and the personal.
The Toxicity of Art Institutions in the Netherlands
Talk & Screening: An Open Talk with Miguel Peres dos Santos
17 November 2018 @ 18:30 - 20:00
In the Dutch artistic landscape there remains little reflection exerted towards the capacities through which art institutions fail to integrate their professed ethos into the reality of their institutional practice. Yet still the archetype of the white male phallic figure remains the most centralised and powerful entity in this landscape, in that it is this figure who still largely retains the authority to sanction, negotiate or censor Other voices.
In this talk, Peres dos Santos will dissect recent case studies that expose the underlying sociological fear of power-loss, impotence and cognitive dissonance, and will further exemplify fallacies in institutional policies concerned with addressing issues of de-colonialism, race, and white privilege.
Envisioning Opaque Futurities
Screening and Intervention
Commences 22 November 2018 @ 18:30 — 21:30 (continues throughout duration of Amsterdam Art Weekend)
A discussion between Egbert Alejandro Martina, Olave Nduwanje, and Simone Zeefuik, annotates an ongoing screening of Manthia Diawara’s film One World in Relation (2010). Édouard Glissant, the subject of Diawara’s film, wrote that: ‘if we examine the process of understanding people and ideas from the perspective of Western thought, we discover that its basis is this requirement for transparency [...] Perhaps we need to bring an end to the very notion of scale. Displace all reduction.’ Glissant’s propositions are imagined, critiqued and exercised throughout the evening.
puntWG is open on weekends from 14.00 tot 18.00 hrs and extra opening hours as shown in the above item.
And also by appointment
If you like to stay informed about the activities in puntWG, please subscribe to our newsletter.