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DSh - Ma class: Art and colonial archives - discussion around the film Lobi Kuna

dinsdag, 15 mei, 2018 - 13:00 to dinsdag, 15 mei, 2018 - 16:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Faculteit: Arts and Philosophy
HARP - LW faculty
master class

HARP is pleased to announce its next PhD masterclass: Matthias De Groof - Art and colonial archives, discussion around the film Lobi Kuna (2017), that will take place on May 15, 2018 at the VUB campus in Etterbeek (Brussels).

 The masterclass will focus on the artistic practice of appropriating and re-contextualizing of colonial archives. Our guest Dr. Matthias De Groof, lecturer at University Antwerpen and filmmaker, will discuss his latest film Lobi Kuna (2017) that deals with questions concerning the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren. Based on recent research and his experimental film practice in the Museum of Central Africa in Tervuren, the film approaches colonial artefacts gathered in the institution as fraught documents of history. The experience in collaborative work during the making of the film Lobi Kuna will be used as a point of departure in the reassessment of the colonial narratives present in the museum. The film’s plot also takes place within the walls of the museum, as it shows photographer Mekhar Kiyoso visiting the exhibition spaces for a shoot. Gradually Mekhar Kiyoso becomes unsettled as the views through his lens reveal the macabre museum as a mausoleum of his cultural heritage. As he is being possessed by the artefacts, he remembers being alienated from them. Lobi Kuna (which in Lingala means 'the day after tomorrow' as well as 'the day before yesterday') tells the story of his appropriation of the past in order to project himself into a future.  

The RMCA will re-open its doors in 2018 after a long and complicated renovation process, and as such this masterclass allows for discussion and reflection on the new museum, the procedure that it went through the past years, and the role that it should play in the future. After the screening of Lobi Kuna, Matthias De Groof will speak about the making of this film; the involvement in the collective filmmaking will be subsequently expanded onto the current debates around the new modes of display for the difficult colonial archives. At the end of the masterclass there is time for questions and debate with the participants.

A list of reading material will be distributed in preparation of the masterclass and during the masterclass coffee and tea will be provided. The meeting is open to all researchers but is specifically aimed at PhD students working in the field of Postcolonial Studies, Museum, Heritage and Archival Studies, Memory Studies, Literary Studies, Art History and History.

Participation is free of charge, but please register through the online tool that you can find here: https://student.vub.be/events/2018/dsh-ma-class-art-and-colonial-archive... (scroll down). For more information, contact Sanne Sinnige (sanne.sinnige@vub.be).