The Power Plant

Wan Pipel (1976)

Thu Jul 19 2018

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

FREE Members \ $10 Non-Members

Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre,
235 Queens Quay W

Still from Wan Pipel.

Summer exhibiting artist Ellen Gallagher suggested the film Wan Pipel as it explores themes similar to those she explores in her exhibition Nu-Nile. (The film holds an extra significance for Gallagher who lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.)

Wan Pipel is a 1976 Surinamese/Dutch film directed by Pim de la Parra. The film was the first produced after Suriname established independence from the Netherlands. Roy, a young Surinamese man, returns to his native country from the Netherlands and is confronted with the consequences of colonialism and clash of Surinamese, African, Indian and Dutch cultures. Roy must make difficult choices about his love life which mirror larger cultural and personal decisions that people living in Diasporas all over the world must make about their lifestyle.

The film will be introduced by Vincent van Velsen, who will also give remarks afterwards about the themes of the film and how they overlap with Ellen Gallagher's exhibition Nu-Nile.

Vincent van Velsen (1987) is an Amsterdam based writer, critic and curator with a background in art and architectural history. He regularly writes for individual artists, institutions and magazines; amongst which Frieze, Flash Art and Metropolis M – where he also holds a position as contributing editor. He curated exhibitions for Castrum Peregrini, Framer Framed, Kunsthuis SYB and Museum Flehite, among others. In collaboration with Alix de Massiac, he won the second edition of the curatorial prize of the Dutch Association of Corporate Collections (VBCN, 2014). In 2015/16 he was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht. Currently he is working on forthcoming exhibitions for TENT, Nest, and De Brakke Grond. Van Velsen is a board member at Frontier Imaginaries and De Appel.