“Two Stones”– film screening and Q&A session with Wendelien van Oldenborgh
ms², Ogrodowa 19, Audiovisual Room
The screening of Two Stones was followed by a discussion with Wendelien van Oldenborgh, an artist and author of the film, moderated by Joanna Sokołowska.
Two Stones (2019) explores the trajectories and ideals of the Bauhaus-trained, German architect Lotte Stam-Beese and the Caribbean activist and writer Hermina Huiswoud through dialogues and appearances by contemporary protagonists. Both Stam-Beese and Huiswoud spent time working in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s and both ended up being active in the Netherlands after WWII. Two Stones was filmed in the 1930s constructivist district of KhTZ in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the first large housing project on which Lotte Stam-Beese worked, and in Stam-Beese’s celebrated 1950s Pendrecht, designed during her period as Rotterdam’s main architect/urban planner. In the 1970s, Hermina Huiswoud was agitating against the Rotterdam housing rule, which limited Caribbean Dutch inhabitants to settle in any of the city’s districts if their presence would exceed 5% of the population. Resonances, as well as dissonances between the distinct trajectories of the two women and their expectation from communist ideology, are sensed through thoughts and experiences of the protagonists, who all have a personal or professional relation to the issues at hand.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh– an artist whose artistic practice develops around social relations seen through an investigation of gesture in the public sphere. She often uses film as a medium, collaborating with participants in different scenarios to co-produce scripts and specify the final product which can be a film or other form of artistic presentation. Her most important presentations include: Cinema Olanda in the Dutch pavilion at 57. Venice Biennial 2017; I am a native foreigner at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2017/18; Future Footnotes solo at Signiant Other, Vienna 2018; As for the Future solo exhibition at DAAD gallery, Berlin 2017; Bete & Deise at MAM, Rio de Janeiro 2012; Casa França-Brasil, Fundaj Recife i Casa do Povo, São Paulo 2015. Van Oldenborgh has exhibited her works in a number of renowned art institutions including RAW Material Company Dakar, Tate Liverpool, Muhka Antwerp, Generali Foundation in Vienna and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź but also at Kiev Biennial (2015), the Dutch pavilion at 54. Venice Biennial (2011), Moscow Biennial (2011), 29. Sao Paulo Biennial (2010), and 11. Istanbul Biennial (2009).