Departing from Avril Corroon’s exhibition GOT DAMP / PÚSCADH ANUAS and her current research into housing in Vienna, Project is pleased to present a screening of Wendelien Van Oldenborgh’s Two Stones.
Two Stones is a film by Wendelien van Oldenborgh set in Kharkiv, Ukraine that looks at housing practices – from the constructivist/utopian to the racialised and discriminatory – through the stories of two women.
German architect Lotte Stam-Beese designed Rotterdam’s celebrated Pendrecht in the 1950s, and Caribbean activist and writer Hermina Huiswoud agitated against the Rotterdam housing rule, which limited Caribbean Dutch inhabitants in any of the city’s districts if their presence would exceed 5% of the population. Both Stam-Beese and Huiswoud spent time working in the Soviet Union in the early 1930s and both ended up being active in the Netherlands after WWII. In a re-reading of these events, the resonances and dissonances between the stories of the two women and their expectation from communist ideology, are brought into the present through a set of conversations with contemporary protagonists, who all have a personal or professional relation to the issues at hand.
Hannah Dawn Henderson is an artist, writer based in The Hague, NL.
Ievgeniia Gubkina is an architect, activist, writer based in Kharkiv, UA.
Maya Smolnyaninova is a translator based in KhTZ, Kharkiv, UA.
Ola Hassanain is an artist, architect based in Utrecht and Khartoum, SD.
Hanneke Oosterhof is the biographer of Lotte Stam-Beese based in Woensdrecht, NL.
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Wendelien van Oldenborgh develops works, whereby the cinematic format is used as a methodology for production and as the basic language for various forms of presentation, collaborating with participants in different scenarios, to co-produce the script. Recent solo presentations include: work, work, work (work) at Museum Sztuki in Lodz 2021; tono lengua boca at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona 2020 and CA2M Madrid 2019-20; Cinema Olanda, at the Dutch Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennial 2017. Van Oldenborgh has exhibited widely including the Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019, bauhaus imaginista, HKW Berlin 2019, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam 2020 and Sonsbeek20->24, Arnhem 2021.
Van Oldenborgh is a member of the (Dutch) Society for Arts and a recipient of the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art (2014). A monographic publication, Amateur, was published by Sternberg Press, Berlin; If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam and The Showroom, London in 2016.
Project Arts Centre is proudly supported by The Arts Council and Dublin City Council.