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The Art World and Inequality: Film screening and a panel debate at BIFF

27 October 2021 @ 17:15 - 20:00 CEST



27 October 2021
17:15 - 20:00 CEST


Bergen School of Global Studies
Bergen International Film Festival
The Global Research Programme on Inequality


Film: MB1. Panel dicsussion: Kulturhuset, Vaskerelven 8
vaskerelven 8
Bergen, Norway
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In cooperation with the Bergen School of Global Studies (BSGS) and Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF) GRIP is proud to host a panel debate after a screening of the movie White Cube by Renzo Martens.


The ties between colonialism and the art world and the ways these connections manifest themselves in global inequalities are often overlooked. In White Cube  Renzo Martens draws attention to these inequalities by placing a white cube gallery space in the middle of a Congolese palm oil plantation. The movie follows Martens attempt to reverse the flow of wealth and use the privileges associated with the art world to bring about real change. Exploring colonial and post-colonial capitalist exploitation and mechanisms of one-sided wealth accumulation, the movie raises important and provocative questions about the art world’s engagements and relations with global structures of inequality.


Join us for a film screening and a conversation about inequality, the role of art and the aftermath of colonialism on Wednesday 27th of October .


The movie screening starts at 17:15 in Magnus Barfot Movie Theatre.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion at 19:00 in Kulturhuset in Bergen with Carmeliza Rosario (CMI), Morten Traavik (artist), Redi Koobak (UiB) and Haakon Thuestad (KODE) moderated by Knut Rio (UiB/GRIP).


Both events are free and open for all.

To retrieve a free movie ticket:
1. Go to https://www.biff.no/f/white-cube/405
2. Select ‘On. 27. okt’
3. Select ‘BIFF Fribillett’
4. Use the code: 309903102672



Colonialism continues to shape our worlds in many ways and guises fostering and exacerbating global inequalities. In modern capitalism and the world of art the imperial structures of exploitation live on. WHITE CUBE documents Dutch artist Renzo Martens’ decade-long project of rigging the game of capitalism and art in the favour of artists and farmers in Congo. Following up the critically acclaimed ENJOY POVERTY (2009), Martens has crafted another satirical and thought-provoking criticism of neoliberalism, which is equal parts documentary, art project and economic intervention.



This event is a part of the Global School Film & Reflections series addressing the global challenges that are at the heart of the Bergen School of Global Studies: Climate, Governance, Health, Inequality and Migration.

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