Fellowship

Fellow 2017/2018

Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Wendelien van Oldenborgh is an artist who has exhibited in museums and biennials internationally. Recent exhibitions include: Cinema Olanda, Dutch Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Venice; Cinema Olanda: Platform, Witte de With, Rotterdam; As for the Future, daadgalerie, Berlin, all 2017; From Left to Night, The Showroom, London, 2015; and Beauty and the Right to the Ugly, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2014. Van Oldenborgh lives and works in Rotterdam.

Fellowship Research Trajectory

Wendelien van Oldenborgh uses film as a form of social production. Her research aims to generate an active knowledge platform that brings together and finds ways to sustain the polyphonic conversations that took place as part of her project Cinema Olanda, an exhibition at the Dutch Pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, 2017 and a series of discursive events and screenings at various locations in the Netherlands in collaboration with curator Lucy Cotter. In parallel, van Oldenborgh investigates the work of Bauhaus architect Lotte Stam-Beese, who was the head architect of Rotterdam’s postwar housing development. In exploring the legacy of a female architect in a male-dominated canon, relevant questions appear when the ideals of postwar Dutch housing meet the reality of colonial-modernist trauma; when designing for equality meets management and policy with biased intent; and when daily livability meets the aesthetic and moral standards of a dominant culture.

Staring with Equality: Interview with Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Wendelien van Oldenborgh visited Japan in late 2017 to participate in “MOT Satellite 2017 Fall – Connecting Scapes,” organized at various locations by the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Her work was exhibited at the Arts and Science Lab at Tokyo University of the Arts Ueno Campus, where she also held a screening and talk […]

Cinema Olanda at The Black Archives

On 26 November 2017, one day after the opening of the exhibition Black and Revolutionary: The Story of Hermina and Otto Huiswoud, the Amsterdam premiere of Cinema Olanda (2017) took place at Vereniging Ons Suriname and The Black Archives. The film has been part of the installation Cinema Olanda, made by the artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh […]

Suely Rolnik: The Spheres of Insurrection

As part of the Fellowship program in November 2017, Wendelien van Oldenborgh convenes and moderates a (Skype) seminar with psychoanalyst, cultural critic, and curator Suely Rolnik. During this seminar, Rolnik discusses her text ”The Spheres of Insurrection: Suggestions for Combatting the Pimping of life” and how microspheric modes of existence are capable of interrupting the […]

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