Lupa Lupa Ingat Imperial Zombies, Modern Vampires and Contemporary Ghosts

Symposium 19 October 2017, Tervuren

Symposium in English


The symposium will seek to enrich and deepen an understanding of Indonesian modern and contemporary art and its internationalism. The terms of engagement, exchange of ideas and practices of art are all overlaid and confronted with colonialism, modernity and nationalism. Critical dialogues are still needed to reexamine these histories and connect them together, and artistic works are often useful keys to uncovering links across time and space that are not immediately apparent.


The subsequent history of post-colonial and contemporary conditions in four countries (ID, DRC, BE, NL) will be touched on through a limited number of artists projects. The symposium will suggest that mainstream narratives still leave many issues neglected or unread—for various reasons and interests—and will try to outline ideas for future research.


This symposium is an initiative of Europalia, in collaboration with the Royal Museum for Central Africa. It is organised in the framework of Europalia Arts Festival Indonesia.


Detailed Programme:


Art, Colonialism, Modernity — Indonesia, Congo (Comparative Perspective)


10:00 – 10:15: Welcome speech by the Director RMCA, Mr. Guido Gryseels and the Artistic Director of EUROPALIA, Dirk Vermaelen


10:15 – 11:15: David Van Reybrouck


11.15 – 13:00: Artist Panel - Looking Back on Colonialism: Lifepatch, Antariksa, Antje Van Wichelen, Octora Chan, Matthias de Groof, Anne Reijniers and Rob Jacobs moderated by Enin Supriyanto and Bambi Ceuppens


13:00 – 14:00: Lunch break


14:00 – 14:30: Nicolaas Pieneman & Raden Saleh by Koen Peeters


14:30 – 16:15: Artist Panel - Independence and After: Agung Kurniawan, Dea Widya, Mella Jaarsma, Renzo Martens, Tom Nicholson and Aimé Mpane moderated by Enin Supriyanto and Bambi Ceuppens


16:15 – 16:30: Coffee break


16.30 - 17.30: Curatorial reflection by Riksa Afiaty and Charles Esche


17:30 – 18:00: Short conclusion and plenary session with Q&A


18:00 – 19:30: Meet and drink



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