13 June – Cinema Olanda: Wendelien van Oldenborgh

A conversation with artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh, who currently represents the Netherlands at the 57th Venice Biennial with ‘Cinema Olanda’, a presentation that explores the image of the Netherlands in the light of transformations taking place in Dutch society.

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Still: Wendelien van Oldenborgh, From Left To Night, 2015 Still from the 32 minutes film.

The films by the artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh offer fresh perspectives by combining recent events with underexposed episodes from the past. Van Oldenborgh’s work involves making public film shoots on ideologically charged locations, with the script becoming a collective endeavour on the basis of conversations taking place between the participants. She draws inspiration from the work of Glauber Rocha and Cinema Novo as well as the recent films of Pedro Costa.

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Still: Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Cinema Olanda (film still), 2017. Curated by Lucy Cotter, commissioned by the Mondriaan Fund for the 57th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, 13 May – 26 November 2017. Courtesy the artist and Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam.

This evening she will discuss her films and sources of inspiration with Patricia Pisters, Professor of Film and Media Studies (Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis). Lucy Cotter (curator Dutch Pavilion, Venice Biennial) will offer a brief introduction. During the talk fragments from the work of van Oldenborgh and Glauber Rocha will be presented, followed by Pedro Costa’s Colossal Youth (2006).

Wendelien van Oldenborgh currently represents the Netherlands at the 57th Venice Biennial with ‘Cinema Olanda’, a presentation exploring the image of the Netherlands in the light of transformations taking place in Dutch society.

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