Art in Conflicted Countries / Weerkeren

The Democratic Republic of Congo has been the scene of violent conflict for more than twenty years. Many residents have chosen or were forced to leave the country. Choreographer Faustin Linyekula did the opposite, returning to his homeland Congo, where he founded an art institution. What function can art and art centers have in a country in conflict?

Linyekula will go into conversation with Dessy Gavrilova, who is the founding director of The Red House – Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia, and filmmaker and author Beri Shalmashi, who traveled back to Iraqi Kurdistan to film and teach.

The program will be moderated by Yoeri Albrecht, director of De Balie.

Tickets via both De Balie and Holland Festival

About the speakers

Faustin Linyekula is a Congolese dancer and choreographer. He is the founding director of dance studio Kabako. Linyekula is associate artist for the Holland Festival this year. During the Holland Festival Linyekula presents his new performances.

Dessy Gavrilova (Bulgaria) is the founding director of The Red House – Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia. In one of Europe’s poorest regions, she tries to make Bulgarian citizens aware of the political impact of art.

Beri Shalmashi is a filmmaker and author with Iranian Kurdish roots. She went back to Iraqi Kurdistan to film and teach. She contributes to de Volkskrant and de Filmkrant on a regular basis and is an advisor to the Dutch Film Fund.

 

 

Nederlands:

De Democratische Republiek Congo is al meer dan twintig jaar het toneel van een hevig conflict. Veel inwoners kiezen ervoor om het land te verlaten. Verhalenverteller en choreograaf Faustin Linyekula deed het omgekeerde: hij keerde na vijftien jaar terug naar zijn geboortegrond. Welke functie kunnen kunst en kunstinstellingen hebben in een land in conflict?