Screening: La Javanaise + Q&A with Director Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Open Lecture


La Javanaise, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, 2012

Fashion, culture, museums and identity make a potent mix in the recent film, La Javanaise, by Dutch artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh. Interweaving memory and imagination, history and desire, the film addresses the involvement of big business and European textile giants in the continent’s colonial past as well as its legacies. Van Oldenborgh’s screenwork draws on a range of strategies, working with sound and camera-work, to explore themes such as disconnection and ‘fleeting movement’. In La Javanaise, Van Oldenborgh works against the backdrop of Amsterdam’s Tropenmuseum, working with fashion models and academics to animate the critical concerns that she shares with many lens-based practitioners.

In this evening of a screening of La Javanaise a Director’s Q&A will take place, alongside a discussion with Professor Deborah Cherry and Dr. David Dibosa, who appears in the film.

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    TrAIN Open Series

    The TrAIN Open series is a forum for invited speakers to present exhibition, publication, and research projects in the form of lectures, discussions and screenings.

    Taking place at fortnightly intervals on Wednesday evenings during the academic term, the series is open to the public, as well as staff and students across the University of the Arts London.
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    Dr David Dibosa

    Guest Speaker - TrAIN Open 2009

    David Dibosa trained as a curator after receiving his first degree from Girton College, University of Cambridge. He was awarded his PhD in Art History from Goldsmiths College, University of London.
    Find out more about Dr David Dibosa

  • Wendelien Van Oldenborgh

    Guest Speaker - TrAIN Open 2009

    Wendelien van Oldenborgh is an artist based in Rotterdam whose practice explores social relations through an investigation of gesture in the public sphere. Van Oldenborgh often uses the format of a public film shoot, collaborating with participants in different scenarios, to co-produce a script and orientate the work towards its final outcome.
    Find out more about Wendelien Van Oldenborgh

  • Professor Deborah Cherry

    TrAIN Management Board Member - Deputy Director

    I studied in the UK (Edinburgh and London) and I have worked in the UK, the USA, and in Europe, where I am now at the University of Amsterdam. Following my PhD I have written extensively on art in Britain in the nineteenth and early twentieth century with two books, Painting Women (1994) and Beyond the Frame: Feminism and Visual Culture (2000) along with exhibitions such as ‘The Edwardian Era’ (co-curated 1987).
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