History is written by the victors. Together with visual artist William Kentridge and contemporary artist Raquel van Haver we uncover who tells history and what histories are forgotten. Kentridge’s play The Head & The Load shows the history of Africa in the First World War as a series of interpretations and separate stories: history is a collage. Van Haver’s paintings tell the stories of people who tend to be overlooked. How is the collage we now know as history constructed? 

William Kentridge will join in conversation with artist Raquel van Haver. The programme is moderated by De Balie director Yoeri Albrecht.

This program is a co-production between De Balie and Holland Festival


About the speakers

William Kentridge is a South-African visual artist. He is internationally acclaimed for his drawings, films, theatre and opera productions. His practice is born out of a cross-fertilisation between mediums and genres. Kentridge is one of the Holland Festival’s two associate artists this year. His work responds to the legacies of colonialism and apartheid, within the context of South Africa’s socio-political landscape.

Raquel van Haver is a contemporary artist. In 2012 she received her degree of Fine Arts at HKU (University of the Arts Utrecht). Van Haver’s work paints complete stories about communities and the human nature. Recently she had a solo exhibition Spirits of the Soil at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She works on burlap, often combining oil paint, charcoal, resin, hair, paper, tar and ash in heavily textured compositions.