Fine arts and lecture in Maand van de Geschiedenis - October 28 and 29

Maand van de Geschiedenis: Geluk (Happiness)
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of October 2017, 11.00-18.00h, Fine Arts and Lecture
Guy Königstein - (Un)Shared Histories

How should and can we deal with a complex heritage and painful past, and - in addition to conventional history – what can herein be the role of art?
These questions are central to a unique exhibition and performance project in the South Africa house at the end of October, produced by artist Guy Königstein.

After his stay as artist-in-residence in Johannesburg, Königstein returns to The Netherlands and asks himself - and the public - how to retrace the search for (material and mental) happiness from the colonial era, in the present South African society which is still heavily tainted and divided.

With a series of objects, self-produced books, photos and videos, he wants to transform the interior of the South Africa house in Amsterdam into a platform for self-questioning; you have to reflect about colonization and commemorative culture, white and western privilege, solidarity and activism. Not in faraway South Africa, but more in the here and now.

The various installations will be freely accessible during the weekend (28 and 29 October). At 12:00 and 17:00 Königstein will give a lecture performance in which he weaves his own biographical story through the story of this historic canal house. The complexity that represents the place and the protagonist is hereby clearly identified and artistically addressed.

Place: South Africa House, Keizersgracht 141-C, Amsterdam
Free entry
Date: 28 and 29 October 2017
Open: 11.00 - 18.00 (Saturday and Sunday)
Lectures (English language): 12.00 and 17.00

South Africa House    Keizersgracht 141-C    1015 CK Amsterdam    The Netherlands    tel: +31-20-6249318    fax: +31-20-6382596