The ICA is delighted to welcome Dutch artist Renzo Martens for a presentation of his film work White Cube, a powerful and provocative dissection of art, class and decolonisation. White Cube 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.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with Renzo Martens, joined by Suhail Malik, Emilia Terracciano, and Ibrahim Mahama.
More screenings of White Cube from Tuesday 19 October.
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