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Black Figures, Black Voice – Zwart Belicht: Painted black

04/07/2017 @ 19:00 - 22:00

The first session of ‘Black Figures, Black Voices’ focuses on the documentary Zwart Belicht: Painted Black (2008) by Tessa Boerman, which zooms in on the hidden stories behind black figures in 17th century Dutch and Flemish paintings Shedding new light on famous paintings such as those of Pieter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt van Rijn, as well as less famous works of art, the film tempts us to look at what was meant to be seen, but has often been overlooked. In response to Zwart Belicht, Valika Smeulders (KITLV) discusses issues of representation, colonial history and art historical canons with Boerman, and performer Naomi Veldwijk reads from Robin Coste Lewis’ collection of poems, Voyage of the Sable Venus (2015).

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Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art
Rotterdam, + Google Map