Southern Constellations / Special guided your and film screening
7 March 2019, at 11:30 a.m., Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana. Artists and curators present works on the exhibition in a guided tour vernissage open for all members of the public. 8 March 2019, at 8 p.m., Slovenska Kinoteka, Ljubljana. Screening of Sven Augustijnen, Spectres.
Artists and curators present works on the exhibition in a guided tour vernissage open for all members of the public. In order of presentation: exhibition curator Bojana Piškur, Teja Merhar (Documentation Department, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana), Jovana Nedeljković (Museum of Yugoslavia, Belgrade), Andreja Hribernik (Art Pavilion Slovenj Gradec), Abhijan Toto, Dubravka Sekulić, Sven Augstijnen, Ferenc Gróf, Godfried Donkor, Dan Acostioaei, Siniša Ilić, Emilia Epštajn & Ana Sladojević (Museum of African Art – the Veda and Dr. Zdravko Pеčаr Collection, Belgrade), Daniela Berger, Federico Brega, & María Victoria Martínez (Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile), María Berríos & Jakob Jakobsen, Riksa Afiaty, Katarina Zdjelar, Ibro Hasanović.
Screening of Sven Augustijnen, Spectres, Belgium, 2011, DCP, 16:9, colour, 104', ap followed by a talk with the author moderated by Igor Prassl.
Synopsis: Fifty years after his assassination, Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, is back to haunt Belgium. Through commemorations and encounters, the top-ranking Belgian civil servant who was in Elisabethville on that tragic day of 17 January 1961 attempts to exorcise the ghosts of the past. To the sound of St John Passion by J.S. Bach, Spectres immerses us into one of the darkest days of the decolonisation of the Belgian Congo. An examination of the biopolitical body, this feature-length film by Sven Augustijnen exposes the fine line separating legitimisation and historiography and the traumatic issue of responsibility and debt.