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Institute of Contemporary Arts
White Cube, dir. Renzo Martens, Netherlands / Belgium / Democratic Republic of the Congo 2020, 79 min. English, Lingala and French with English subtitles

White Cube is a powerful and provocative dissection of art, class and decolonisation. The film follows the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), a plantation workers’ cooperative based on a former Unilever plantation in the Congolese town of Lusanga, as they attempt to end the destructive system of monoculture on their lands – by building upon it a gallery, the ‘white cube’ of the title.

By presenting and selling art within this new space, the collective attempt to raise sufficient finances to buy back their land from international plantation companies – and secure it for future generations. From the violence of the plantation system to the aesthetics of the gallery, this multi-layered and fascinating film posits that galleries and museums can only become decolonised and inclusive if the benefits accrued from them flow back to the workers whose labour financed – in some cases, continue to finance – their foundations.

Screening alongside Martens’ new film White Cube is his first provocative film Episode 1 as well as his poignant work Episode 3
08:40 pm
Tue, 19 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
06:50 pm
Wed, 20 Oct 2021
Cinema 1
04:40 pm
Thu, 21 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
06:40 pm
Fri, 22 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
05:00 pm
Sat, 23 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
07:35 pm
Sun, 24 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
06:30 pm
Tue, 26 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
08:50 pm
Wed, 27 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
06:35 pm
Thu, 28 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
12:20 pm
Sat, 30 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
12:20 pm
Sun, 31 Oct 2021
Cinema 2
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