15 June – Between Friends: William Kentridge & Denis Hirson

h 16.00, 15 June – Between Friends: William Kentridge & Denis Hirson

The friendship between artist William Kentridge – whose work is currently exhibited at Eye – and author Denis Hirson has been going strong for almost forty years. The two friends have been discussing the situation in the world, in art and in their personal lives for just as long. This evening they will continue their conversation at Eye and present the prepremiere of an excerpt from Kentridge’s latest film The Mouth is Dreaming (2019).



h 19.00, 15 June – Cinema Concert: Anniversary of the Revolution

This celebration of the first anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution contains quite a few shots of Red Army leader Leon Trotsky, the disgraced leader of the Red Army in the 1920s. Trotsky is also the protagonist of William Kentridge’s movie installation O Sentimental Machine. With live musical accompaniment by Martin de Ruiter and Thijs Havens.


11 June – Political Art & Uncertain Endings: round table discussion

Artists and photoghraphers Ad van Denderen, Lebohang Tlali, Renzo Martens and Melle Smets debate the question whether Western artists can make accurate statements on the history of Africa, a continent that is not their own. Moderator of the evening is Nagaré Willemsen. Clips from the work of the artists will be shown during the conversation, as well as an animation film from the series 10 Drawings for Projection by South-African artist William Kentridge whose work is currently exhibited in Eye.


4 June -an evening in Joburg

South African film critic and film lecturer Gawie Keyser talks about the perception of South Africa in the work of William Kentridge, whose work is currently exhibited in Eye. In 2015 the artist donated 10 Drawings for Projection to Eye Film Museum, a series of ten short animated films highlighting South Africa’s turbulent history that signalled his breakthrough in the international art world. Six of the films are part of the screening.


William Kentridge: 10 Drawings for Projection

28 May:Who Are You A Sister To?

Who Are You A Sister To?  is a film programme which focuses on the cinematic contextualization of questions of solidarity from different global feminist perspectives. The programme is curated by four UvA research master students and is inspired by the theme of The 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference: SISTERS.


Who Are You A Sister To?

 Within feminist narratives the meaning of sisterhood often transcends that of consanguineous relationships to become a broader notion in which ‘sisterhood’ is used to express solidarity of women with other women. The wide-ranging meaning of this word gives rise to various questions: What is a sister? How to achieve sisterhood? What kind of responsibilities does sisterhood entail and exact? And above all, who are you a sister to?

As they were putting together this programme, the curators used their different cultural backgrounds and their distinct interests in vital feminist narratives as a starting point for this research. It has resulted in a programme that consists of several short films which all have their own answers to the questions raised above. While these films come from different parts of the world and deal with different challenges of womanhood, what they have in common is that they offer the viewer female perspectives that go beyond stereotypes and empty gestures. They provide fruitful ground for the critical research into the performative aspects of womanhood and subsequently that of sisterhood.


By actively putting these works into dialogue with each other through a curated film programme, the curators challenge the public to question their own limitations of solidarity in a feminist context. And to experience how film can open up a space for feminism that confronts normativity and is alive to ever-changing contexts of womanhood.

research labs

The programme is part of the Research Labs. Eye on Art’s Research Labs provide scope for a new generation of curators and artists to hone their skills. Students from different art academies and universities are asked to put together a programme making use of films from Eye’s collection. Research Labs do not follow a strict format and often result in a cultural crossover between film and other art forms.

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7 May:Chia-Wei Hsu – Shorts

An evening on the work of the Taiwanese artist Chia-Wei Hsu, whose work is featured in Eye’s exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories. The Taiwanese film researcher Chia-Wei Tung will introduce selected short films by Chia-Wei Hsu.


Chia-Wei HSU, Huai Mo Village (2012), © Chia-Wei HSU

The Taiwanese artist Chia-Wei Hsu (b. 1983) examines the cultural history and geopolitics of Asia. He tells forgotten stories as a way of investigating Asian history, important aspects of which are myths and legends. He acknowledges that it is impossible to accurately interpret the past, which is why his work balances between objective and subjective reality.


A recurring subject in his work is the history of the exiled army of the Kuomintang, the anti-communist party that fought in the Chinese Civil War. In 1949, after the Communist Party had won the war and Mao Zedong had founded the People’s Republic of China, the Kuomintang members and military retreated to Taiwan, Burma and Thailand.

A number of Hsu’s short films will be screened this evening. They will be introduced by the Taiwanese film researcher Chia-Wei Tung.

23 April: An Evening with Broomberg & Chanarin

Eye programmer Anna Abrahams talks with Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin about their sources of inspiration. Work by the two artists is featured in A Tale of Hidden Histories, Eye’s exhibition on how the history of conflict areas is mediated and constructed. Followed by the screening of Mike Nichols’ Catch-22, the film adaptation of Joseph Heller’s recollections of WWII.

Born in South Africa and raised in England, the artists Adam Broomberg (1970) and Oliver Chanarin (1971) trained as photographers but now work in several media. Their work addresses historical, political and religious topics in a fresh and challenging way.



Dodo (2014) centres on the representation of war. Combining archival research and archaeological excavations with unused film clips from Catch-22, the installation is an impressive work on the representation of war and the impact of the Hollywood industry on the Mexican landscape.

16 April : La casa lobo

The Wolf House is an unsettling, overwhelming stop-motion film about the mental delirium of a girl, reminiscent of the short films by David Lynch and Jan Švankmajer. Screened in Shell Shock, our programme on coping with traumas.

The feature film debut of the Chilean visual artists Cristóbal León and Joaquín Cociña is an ingenious and disturbing visual featabout the mental delirium of Maria, a rebellious girl who escaped from an isolated German settlement in Patagonia.




La casa lobo presents itself as a cautionary film that is meant to deter people from trying to escape from the colony, which many attempt nevertheless. A striking feature of the film are the powerful, surrealist and disorientating images – a cinematic reflection of Maria’s mental disorder. Objects change in size and shape, cartoon images emerge from the walls of the house, works of art and eyes bleed paint like tears.

9 April : Meiro Koizumi – Shorts

Curator Xander Karskens, director of De Ateliers, reflects on Meiro Koizumi’s work. How is the history of conflict areas mediated and constructed? Karskens explores a number of Koizumi’s confrontational  video works and performances that brought the Japanese artist fame. Some of the short films by Koizumi will be screened this evening, while a number of his films are also featured in the exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories.

Meiro Koizumi (Japan, 1976) exposes numerous deep-seated taboos and painful issues in Japanese society. He creates a steady oeuvre on recurring topics such as individual and collective memory, Japan’s position towards the past, Japanese media culture and perceptions of iconic Japanese traditions such as the Samurai and kamikaze.

traumas and memories

Meiro Koizumi’s Defect in Vision (2011) and Portrait of a Young Samurai (2009) are included in the exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories. They present an unsettling picture of kamikaze pilots; the traumas and memories of American veterans of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars are the subject of Koizumi’s recent work Battlelands (2018).

Xander Karskens (1973) was artistic director of the Cobra Museum of Modern Art in Amstelveen and curator Modern and Contemporary Art at the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem.

5 April – An Evening with Omer Fast

Marcella Lista, curator at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, talks with Israeli artist Omer Fast about his work. How is the history of conflict areas mediated and constructed? Fast acquired a name with his politically charged films that pit reality against fiction. Some of Fast’s films are screened in the exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories.

Contemporary trauma and war are major ingredients of Omer Fast’s politically charged films. Deeply interested in the tension between reality and fiction, Fast (Israel, 1972) explores the construction of stories, in particular how stories are transformed when they are told from various perspectives.


drone pilot

The exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories features two works by Omer Fast. In Continuity (2012) a husband and wife are reunited with their son when he returns from a mission in Afghanistan. The uneasy story soon gets more complicated. The cue for Her Face Was Covered (2011) is the testimony of a drone pilot who talks about the targeted bombing of a convoy of trucks at an unspecified location.

26 March:An Evening About Amar Kanwar

Artist and social activist Amar Kanwar investigates in his deeply unsettling yet poignant work the nature of oppression and the courageous resistance of an oppressed people. This evening he will talk about his work with Selene Wendt (curator of the exhibition A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife). Kanwar’s films A Season Outside and Such a Morning will also be screened.

A Season Outside (1997, 35′) 

Amar Kanwar used a border conflict area between India and Pakistan as the basis for a deeply personal and philosophical essay film on the multiple forms of violence and nonviolence. Kanwar’s A Season Outsideopens with the closing of the border gate near Wagah-Atari, a ceremony that incites aggressive nationalism on both sides. This enacted conflict shows how physical aggression can infect cultures as well as individuals.

Amar Kanwar’s talk with curator Selene Wendt is followed by a fifteen-minute intermission

Such a Morning (2017, 85′)

A renowned professor of mathematics resigns out of the blue and retires to the wilderness, where he moves into a deserted railway carriage. Such A Morning, which previously featured at Documenta 14, poses the existential question of how to live in the past.

Selene Wendt is the curator of an exhibition currently showing at the Prins Claus Fund Gallery, A Sheet of Paper Can Become a Knife. This evening is co-organized by Eye and the Prins Claus Fund as part of her exhibition and Eye’s exhibition A Tale of Hidden Histories.

about Amar Kanwar

Amar Kanwar (New Delhi, 1964) won the Prins Claus award in 2017. Kanwar is an artist, filmmaker and social activist committed to making art in reaction to social injustice. He uses hisfilms and multimedia installations to explore such issues as power politics, violence, ecology, sexuality and justice. His work often draws on stories from conflict areas.

To increase the impact of his work, Kanwar makes sure his films reach a wide audience, from local film clubs and organizations that support conflict-ridden communities to exhibitions and film festivals across the world. His work demonstrates the importance of resistance, both individually and collectively, and the power of poetry and art to expose injustice.