Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Wendelien van Oldenborgh uses architecture both as a setting and as an
investigative tool to question politics and its history. We remember the
formidable sophistication constructions of Two Stones (FID 2020) and Beauty
and the Right to the Ugly (FID 2015). The deliberately simple title of his latest
film unequivocally underlines the importance of space. And once again, he
refuses the schematisation and demagogy of shortcuts, here, it is complexity
that is required. As this space, the ” here” that is filmed, is instantaneously
multifold: the land and the setting in which we find ourselves; the place we come
from, which continues to float within and around us (in short, the musicality
of a space); the memory of the place, itself intertwined (layers, visible or not,
of the archive formed by a site). Seizing the opportunity of the renovation of
the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem, issues related to the Indo-European
community in the Netherlands are revisited, forming a three-threaded tress: a
group of young musicians, FRED; a poet, Pelumi Adejumo; and an art historian,
Lara Nuberg. Although the Museum’s original building is part of a colonial past, its
current vocation is to promote women artists and artists from different cultural
backgrounds. Here are the young women who have been called upon to bring
this Museum to life, before our very eyes: through sound and words, analysis
and poetry, actions and images. To engage with the walls of the building and the
allegories that it harbours. A collective work, in which the director draws all the
subtleties into a magnificently intelligent dance. (Jean-Pierre Rehm)
Original Version : Dutch.
Subtitles : English.
Script : Pelumi Adejumo, Lyana Usa, Josephine Spit, Lara Nuberg, Thirza Hiwat.
Photography : Lawrence Lee Kalkman.
Editing : Wendelien van Oldenborgh.
Music : Lyana Usa, Josephine Spit, Thirza Hiwat.
Sound : Roel Pothoven, Julian (Togar) Abraham, Tyler Friedman.
Casting : Pelumi Adejumo, Lara Nuberg, Lyana Usa, Thirza Hiwat, Josephine Spit.
Production : Wendelien van Oldenborgh.
Filmography : Two Stones, 2020. Cinema Olanda Film, 2017. Prologue: Squat/Anti-Squat, 2016. From Left to Night, 2015. Beauty and the Right to the Ugly, 2014. La Javanaise, 2012. Bete & Deise, 2012. Instruction, 2009. Maurits Film, 2008. Lecture/Audience/Camera, 2008. No False Echoes, 2008. Sound Track Stage, 2006-2008. Maurits Script, 2006.
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