How do we deal with images that are no longer appropriate today? In collaboration with Amsterdam Art, Eye is organizing a programme about our relationship with loaded cultural heritage – from films to monuments and architecture. What is the right balance between revering and erasing? Among the guests are Juul Hondius and RAAAF. Introduced & Q&A's with the artists by Marian Cousijn (Eye).
How do we deal with images that are no longer appropriate today? In collaboration with Amsterdam Art, Eye organises Loaded Images: a programme about our relationship with loaded cultural heritage – from films to monuments and architecture. What is the right balance between revering and erasing?
To Unveil a Star, the first film by visual artist Juul Hondius, will see its premiere during the programme. The new short film Luftschloss by RAAAF will also be screened. Both films will be introduced briefly and afterwards there will be a discussion with the filmmakers.
To Unveil a Star
Artist Juul Hondius made an experimental essay film about the large star-shaped monument in front of the NATO headquarters in Brussels. In his investigation into the ideology and symbolism of the statue, fact and fiction are intertwined. Why is NATO's position so little questioned? To Unveil a Star is Hondius' first feature film. In his earlier work (photographs, installations and short films) the artist also explores the interaction between politics, images and the media.
RAAAF is a multidisciplinary and experimental studio operating on the cutting edge of visual art, architecture and philosophy. Founders Ronald and Erik Rietveld want to propose new spatial ideas with all their projects. Often they involve controversial heritage, such as bunkers or a bullet factory. The short film Luftschloss revolves around a colossal concrete battle tower that Adolf Hitler had built in Vienna. RAAAF proposes a new way of dealing with this eye-catching Nazi heritage.
In a subsequent programme, Olympia 2. - Fest der Schönheit (1936) will be screened: the second part of the equally influential and controversial film by Leni Riefenstahl.
Amsterdam Art Week 2021
Eye is screening Small Axe as part of Amsterdam Art Week. Small Axe is a collection of five films by the British artist and director Steve McQueen (1969). The films are set in the period from the late 1960s to the 1980s and tell the personal stories of members of the West Indian community in London, who faced rampant racism and discrimination in their daily lives.