White Cube: Film Screening – With Introduction on the making of
34 Little Collins Street
(access via lifts on Mcilwraith Place)
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Join us for White Cube, the Dutch documentary by Renzo Martens that features OMA—the architecture studio behind MPavilion Monash. The screening will be introduced by a conversation between artists involved in the story, the architects, and Martens.
8pm – Conversation
Hear from Congalese artist Cedart Tamasala, documentary maker Renzo Martens, OMA architect David Gianotten, Congalese architect Arsene Ijambo and artist Eléonore Hellio in conversation with urban planner and architectural theorist Helen Runting on the making of the documentary.
830pm – Film Premiere
White Cube follows the work of Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), a plantation workers’ cooperative based on a former Unilever plantation in Lusanga, Democratic Republic of Congo. From the boardrooms of Unilever, to elite museums and galleries across the world, to the exhausted plantations of The Congo, the film documents the CATPC’s success in ending the destructive system of monoculture on their lands with a combination of art and activism. In moving viewers between the violence of the plantation system and the aesthetic ‘civility’ of the white cube, the film highlights a fundamental question: can museums ever hope to be inclusive when no reparations have yet been paid to the plantation workers who financed—and in some cases continue to finance—the very foundations of these institutions?