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Sweden is typically portrayed as having a perfectly organized society in which everyone has equal opportunities for an independent existence. One upshot is that people don’t need to ask anyone
Sweden is typically portrayed as having a perfectly organized society in which everyone has equal opportunities for an independent existence. One upshot is that people don’t need to ask anyone else for help or favors, bringing contact between individuals to an absolute minimum. Half the population lives in single households, and more and more women are choosing for single motherhood through artificial insemination. Meanwhile, the number of people dying alone is continually on the rise. The woeful succession of sperm banks, deserted neighborhoods and forgotten deaths casts a disturbing light on the downside to an independent society in which the only truly social activity appears to be searches for missing persons. The film raises the fascinating question of why a life lived in such security and safety should turn out to be so unsatisfying. Some Swedes are putting up courageous resistance: young people are organizing gatherings in the woods to surrender to emotions and caresses; a successful surgeon moved away to Ethiopia, where despite the lack of material wealth he relearned the value of community. In conclusion, maverick sociologist Zygmunt Bauman explains why a trouble-free life isn’t necessarily a happy one.
TransitieCinema is the monthly free-admission documentary event organized by volunteers. Movies about sustainability and transition are screened in Het Nutshuis. Information about the film will follow soon on this page.
As follow-up to the movie there is further discussion with the audience about the topic and its relevance for The Hague. E.g. by a Q&A with experts or a workshop.
The evening starts at 18.00 with a vegan sustainable dinner by Cafe Juni (optional). At 19.30 the movie screening starts (and the doors will be closed). After the movie there is room for further conversation with a drink. The event is in English, but Dutch subtitles are included if available.
You can support and sponsor TransitieCinema through donation. Or co-operate as organization with us to highlight a relevant topic through a movie. For more details please check the TransitieCinema website.
friday 22 february 18:00 - friday 22 february 22:00
TicketsDiner € 12,50
Please note: Dutch will be the main language during this programme, unless international guests are being interviewed. In 2019, Jellie Brouwer (radio presenter of NTR Kunststof) will once again welcome inspiring,
Please note: Dutch will be the main language during this programme, unless international guests are being interviewed.
In 2019, Jellie Brouwer (radio presenter of NTR Kunststof) will once again welcome inspiring, socially active guests as part of the Kamera Kultura programme, giving you the chance to enjoy a delicious brunch served in the Juni Café.
In 2018, Ana Rocha won the Dutch Design Award in the category ‘Habitat’. This Portuguese-Dutch architect, who lives and works in The Hague, hit the headlines with her design for an ingenious, sustainable micro-home known as ‘Slim Fit’. The prototype of the wooden house measuring just fifty square metres was built at the Tiny Housing building manifestation in Almere Poort. This three-storey home is a remarkable vertical phenomenon, which stands out between the other mainly single-storey concepts. Ana will join Jellie to discuss her ideas.
If we stop producing clothes altogether, we will still have enough garments to wear something different every day for the next ten years. So could we provide machines with a fashion sense and use them to distribute second-hand clothing via the internet? This is the basic premise of the ‘2nd-hand stylist’ project created by Gaspard Bos. Jellie will interview this industrial designer, artist and founder of New State of Matter: a design initiative aiming to transform the world by redefining what is important, and fundamentally change the relationship between people and things by turning traditional business and production models upside-down.
After having written short stories, essays, theatre scripts and a novella entitled De jongen, het stof, Lotte Lentes is currently working on her debut novel which is due to be published in 2019 by Uitgeverij Cossee. The budding young author has already been selected for a number of international talent programmes and development projects. A short story written by Lotte will be read out during Kamera Kultura.
The driving ambition of Agnieszka Papierska and Paulina van de Pavert, who perform as Duo Alla Classica, is to bring classical music to a wider public. These two graduates from the Royal Conservatoire, The Hague use their violin and cello skills to entice audiences with light classical music that is easy on the ear.
Photo: site Ana Rocha.
sunday 24 february 11:00 - sunday 24 february 13:00
TicketsTickets € 15,-
Please come visit the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 2 March from 16.00 hrs! Mention Indonesia to a large proportion of the Dutch population, and they see an idyllic holiday
Please come visit the opening of the exhibition on Saturday 2 March from 16.00 hrs!
Mention Indonesia to a large proportion of the Dutch population, and they see an idyllic holiday destination where you’re served drinks in coconut shells. But behind this squeaky-clean travel guide image lies a history that has shaped our complex cultural identity. Even today, the legacy of the colony is still very much in evidence – in the Netherlands, in Indonesia and in the stories featured in the exhibition Indo, Indië, Indonesië: through the eyes of generation NOW.
In 1808, the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies Herman Willem Daendels ordered forced Indonesian labourers to build the Grote Postweg. Over two hundred years later, Eric Kampherbeek biked along this infamous colonial road connecting East and West Java, taking pictures of daily life along the way. The photographer discovered just how clearly the colonial past is still echoed in present-day Indonesian society. He noted his findings in letters addressed to his dead grandmother, who came to the Netherlands as an Indonesian-Dutch woman after independence.
Why didn’t the Netherlands try to help earlier? The ‘widows of Rawagede’ court case immediately raises this question. On 9 December 1947, Dutch soldiers executed 431 men in the village of Rawagede on West Java. For decades, the Netherlands tried to play down this incident but in 2009, a group of elderly widows pressed charges against the Dutch State. Photographer Suzanne Liem made portraits of the women pressing the charges, who won their case and inspired widows from Sulawesi to seek justice too.
For many Indonesians, their colonial past lives on not only visibly, but also invisibly. They believe that the spirits of the Dutch still roam the ruins of the colonial buildings. The occupiers, who managed to instil a serious inferiority complex into several generations, are still very much present in the country and lives of ordinary Indonesians. The Jakarta-based artist couple Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina discovered the ultimate embodiment of the power of the invisible in a famous Indonesian film actress: Suzzanna van Osch (1942 – 2008). The ‘Queen of horror’ speaks to us through an installation comprising holograms and video footage.
Lara Nuberg, best known for her blog Gewoon een Indisch meisje (An ordinary Indonesian girl), worked in and around The Hague for her project. But the stories that this writer and podcast maker collected reach much further than this. Her audio installation Het Rood-Wit-Blauwe Huisje (The Red-White-Blue House) consists of five short stories, some amusing and some moving, which can be seen as a fleeting or more serious comment on being Indonesian in the Netherlands. Her interviewees include first, second and third generation Indonesian Dutch people, who talk openly about subjects such as homesickness and nostalgia in Indonesian families and dealing with a complex cultural identity.
Cultural identity is also the main theme of an extensive live programme. In collaboration with the Migration Museum and The Hague Freedom Weeks, Het Nutshuis is organising a varied range of interactive programmes including films, interviews and workshops.
Keep an eye on this website for all the latest information about the live programme.
This project was realized with financial support by Stroom.
saturday 02 march 11:00 - monday 06 may 16:00
How do we make sense of our colonial past? It’s not a question you often hear in the Netherlands. Not in the history books at school, not from political parties
How do we make sense of our colonial past? It’s not a question you often hear in the Netherlands. Not in the history books at school, not from political parties and not at the dinner table. But things are set to change. Recent calls from society for the real story to be told go hand-in-hand with the personal ambitions of five makers: photographers Eric Kampherbeek and Suzanne Liem, the Indonesian artist couple Irwan Ahmett and Tita Salina, and journalist and podcast maker Lara Nuberg. As the Indonesian capital city of the Netherlands, The Hague is the perfect place for an exhibition with the title: Indo, Indië, Indonesië: through the eyes of generation NOW.
Het Nutshuis and all the makers warmly invite you to attend the opening on Saturday 2 March 2019 at 4 pm.
Like the exhibition, the opening programme includes both light-hearted and more confrontational moments. Drinks and Indonesian snacks will be served while three ‘Privilege Walks’ take place in the Commissarissenzaal (the room where the directors of the Nutsspaarbank used to meet). Join one of these workshops being given by Sarita Bajnath and feel just how deeply our colonial past is embedded in our complex cultural identity. We will provide more information about the ‘Privilege Walk’ on 2 March, and it is up to you to decide whether you want to take part.
To read more about the exhibition itself, go to this page. We look forward to meeting you in Het Nutshuis on 2 March!
16.00 – 16.40
Official opening featuring interviews with Eric Kampherbeek, Suzanne Liem and Irwan Ahmett, and a column by Lara Nuberg.
16.40 – 20.00
Drinks and Indonesian snacks in Juni Café and opening exhibition.
Schedule Privilege Walks
16.45 – 17.30
First Privilege Walk with Sarita Bajnath (in Dutch, max. 25 people, 16 years and older).
17.50 – 18.35
Second Privilege Walk with Sarita Bajnath (in Dutch, max. 25 people, 16 years and older).
18.55 – 19.40
Third Privilege Walk with Sarita Bajnath (in English, max. 25 people, 16 years and older).
saturday 02 march 16:00 - saturday 02 march 20:00
Special guest from Jakarta: Irwan Ahmett In our exhibition Indo, Indië, Indonesië: Indonesia through the eyes of generation NOW five makers from the Netherlands and Indonesia highlight the legacy inherited
Special guest from Jakarta: Irwan Ahmett
In our exhibition Indo, Indië, Indonesië: Indonesia through the eyes of generation NOW five makers from the Netherlands and Indonesia highlight the legacy inherited from the colonial period. It is a legacy that is still very much in evidence today. One of these makers, visual artist Irwan Ahmett, is coming to The Hague from Jakarta specially for the occasion. Come and join Irwan on one of three guided tours he is giving during Hoogtij! Let him transport you into a world of myths, rituals and ghosts, which is still alive and kicking in Indonesian society today.
Watch the film The Seen and Unseen
The power of the invisible does not only resound in Irwan’s multimedia installation, but also in our intimate Film Vault where we will be holding two screenings of The Seen and Unseen (2018, Kamila Andini). This Indonesian film is about ten-year old twins, a brother and a sister, and what happens when the brother becomes terminally ill. Viewers are forced to take off their western glasses and abandon all logic. Watch a trailer of the film here.
Exhibition open all evening
As always, the exhibition in Het Nutshuis will be open until late in the evening for the duration of Hoogtij. In addition to the installation by Irwan Ahmett, the exhibition features documentary work by two photographers and a journalist/podcast maker. Eric Kampherbeek documented the vestiges of a colonial past during his bike trip along the Grote Postweg on Java. Suzanne Liem took harrowing portraits of the ‘widows of Rawagede’, a group of elderly women who lost their husbands in 1947 in a bloodbath perpetrated by Dutch soldiers. In 2009, they successfully pressed charges against the Dutch State. Journalist Lara Nuberg stayed closer to home, in and around The Hague, making short audio stories in which five people talk openly about what it means to be Indonesian in Netherlands.
Guided tours by Irwan Ahmett: 20.00, 21.00 and 22.00
Screenings of the film The Seen and Unseen (83 min.): 19.30 and 21.30
Language of the tours is English. The Indonesian film is subtitled in English.
friday 15 march 19:00 - friday 15 march 23:00