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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition


Directed by: 
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 18:00
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 15:30
Written by: 
Vincent Meessen
M'Belolo Ya M'Piku, Raoul Vaneigem
Vincent Pinckaers
Inneke van Waeyenberghe
Laszlo Umbreit
Vincent Kenis
Vincent Meessen, Katrien Reist
Normal, Jubilee
Romanian Premiere
Focusing on the concept of national representation, One.Two.Three "revisits the largely unknown role of Congolese intellectuals within the Situationist International movement. Used as an experimental space for the rendition of a protest song that the Congolese situationist M’Belolo Ya M’Piku composed in may '68, the mythical 'Un.Deux.Trois' rumba club in Kinshasa becomes an echo chamber for the impasses of history. [...] While the lost song is being rediscovered, popular uprisings break out in Kinshasa just outside of the walls of the rumba club. In spite of the cycle of violence and the militarization of everyday life, a space is created for play, polyphony and dance. [...] The rendition that matters here is perhaps less the recovery of the song than the rendition of emancipation itself, which, irresolute by nature, remains condemned to an ‘untimely repetition’." (Jubilee-art.org)

Vincent Meessen

Vincent Meessen (b. 1971, USA) completed his postgraduate studies at the HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) in Antwerp and currently lives and works in Brussels. Meessen is interested in the influence of realism and colonial rhetoric on the development of Western modernity. Through the use of various media (video, installation, prints, music and others) he re-animates hidden narratives and traces of the colonial in the present. His filmography includes the shorts: Issaka's (2004), The Intruder (2005), N12°13.062'/ W 001°32.619' Extended (2005), Les sociétaires (2006), Made in Belgium (2006), The Invisibles' Parliament (2006), The Residents (2006), A Broken Rule (2007), Clinamen Cinema (2011). One.Two.Three (2016) was a central part of the exhibition Personne et les autres, Vincent Meessen & Guests which represented Belgium at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Curatorial comment:
The viewer will be able to discover a whole host of untold stories that occurred outside, beyond, or beneath the vertical relationships of power imposed by colonialism, stories that point to a relationship between Europe and the colonies that was not only grounded in negative experiences - of exploitation or violence, for example - but also in positivities and in fruitful outcomes. (Katerina Gregos)