Stroom School Ângela Ferreira: Art, architecture & politics (with Ângela Ferreira and Jürgen Bock)

Thursday 19 February 2015, 20-22 hrs
Location: Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
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Part of:
Ângela Ferreira Revolutionary Traces

‘Buildings can be read as political texts and that is what I try to do'. This sentence is a starting point for a conversation between Ângela Ferreira, Jürgen Bock (curator and director Maumaus in Lisbon) and the audience. Ângela and Jürgen have been working together several times, amongst others for the Venice Biennale (2007), where they developed Maison Tropicale. The conversation focuses on the relation and the difference between art and architecture, the realisation of (architectural) exhibitions and the understanding of culture and politics through the lens of architecture. The film Maison Tropicale by Manthia Diawara will be shown after the conversation.

Maison Tropicale by Manthia Diawara
(58 min., Mali, 2008)
Manthia Diawara's documentary Maison Tropicale brings to life the hidden stories and memories of those left behind in Africa when the Maisons Tropicales were removed. The film complements Ângela Ferreira's artistic project on the Maison Tropicale, both of which were featured at the Venice Biennale in 2007. Maison Tropicale is a postcolonial excavation into African identity, art, and the notion of cultural patrimony.
Mireille Ngatsé lived for several years in the Maison Tropicale in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo. The small aluminum house built from a kit of metal parts was designed by Jean Prouvé as a housing prototype for French colonial officials stationed in Africa. Ms. Ngatsé described the house as comfortable, even though it lacked electricity and running water. She loved the fresh air and light penetrating the round blue windows. One day, four French men came to Brazzaville, and took the Maisons Tropicales away in containers. Today, Mireille Ngatsé sees her house in a catalogue, and reads about its exhibition around the world as a precious art object.

Stroom School
Stroom School is the umbrella term for the side program accompanying exhibitions. More Stroom School activities around Ângela Ferreira: click here

Revolutionary Traces is made possible in part by the Creative Industries Fund NL and Mondriaan Fund.

More photos Iqbal Aalam see:

Jean Prouvé's 'La Maison Tropicale' in Brazzaville in 1996
photo: © Bernard Renoux
Demonstration residents Schilderswijk (Haagsche Courant 10-04-1976)
photo: © Haagsche Courant
Manthia Diawara, 'Maison Tropicale', 2008 (film still)
photo: Courtesy Manthia Diawara and Maumaus, Lisbon
Ângela Ferreira 'Revolutionary Traces', installation view at Stroom Den Haag, 2014
photo: Hein van Liempd, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Jean Prouvé's 'La Maison Tropicale' in London, 2008
photo: © Iqbal Aalam (weblink see bottom of the page)
Ângela Ferreira, 'Maison Tropicale', Venice Biennale, 2007
photo: courtesy the artist