Recently a citizen from Montpellier travelled 1200 kilometres to visit the Joris Ivens Archives in order to find his biological father. There are many reasons why people around the world consult the Ivens collection, but this is a very special and personal one. He wanted to look for his father, which he has never known and met, in Ivens’ documentary Peace Will Win (1951)
The Indonesian Diaspora Network Victoria is organizing an exhibition in the Immigration Museum in Melbourne about the international solidarity movement in Australia after the Proclamation of Indonesia's Independence, that united the communities of Indonesians, together with the local Australians, Indians and Chinese that we should celebrate. One of the activities during the weekend of 27-29th of May is the film screening of Indonesia Calling (1946) directed by Joris Ivens, which explores the refusal of ...
Why The Netherlands has so may outstanding painters and documentary filmmakers? German film historian Thomas Tode attempts – following previous authors - to provide an answer in a recent article. According to Tode it was Joris Ivens who was leading the way in depicting the elements of nature, like the famous Dutch Light, the wind or water in all its guises: rivers, rain and clouds.
After years of preparations and research, professor Zhang Tongdao (University of Beijing) and Dutch filmmaker René Seegers finalized their four-part television series about Joris Ivens. In each part of 50 minutes one of Ivens’s Chinese films is key: 1- The 400 Million (1938); 2- Before Spring (1958); 3- How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976) and 4- A Tale of the Wind (1988).
In 1951 Joris Ivens met Pablo Picasso during a visit to his atelier in Vaucluses. Marion Michelle made a series of photos of them, together with poet Jacques Prévert, which are on display at the exhibition about 'Picasso: Shared and Divided' in Museum Ludwig, Cologne (25 September 2021-30 January 2022). After the Second World War Picasso was 'a hero of the left' and used in this way. His dove, symbol for world peace, became a tool for propaganda in the Eastern Bloc. What do we associate with Pablo Picasso today ...
FIAF, in partnership with the Jan de Vaal Fund, invites film historians to submit proposals for thematic chapters as part of a forthcoming book on the 82-year history of the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), both as an institution and as a coherent global community with its shared values, cultural missions, professional practices, scientific methods, and collaborative projects. The European Foundation Joris Ivens is an associate of FIAF since 2002 and André Stufkens is participating as co-editor of the book, together with Ch ...
75 years ago, on 17 August 1945, Indonesia declared its independence as a nation. In support of the young republic Joris Ivens filmed in October and November 1945 the boycot actions of maritime workers (the Black Armada) from various nationalities in the harbour of Sydney: Indonesia Calling. On August 26th 2020 the Indonesian ambassador opened in the National Maritime Museum of Australia, situated on Sydney's waterfront, an on-line exhibition about the relationship between Austra ...
On Thursday 16th of January H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, conferred the Order of Friendship posthumously to Joris Ivens. Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom received the Friendship Medal on behalf of the Ivens-family. She gave the medal and certificate to the European Foundation Joris Ivens to keep and treasure it forever in the archives.
On 30 and 31 October a delegation from Quang Tri province (central Vietnam) visited the city of Nijmegen, at the invitation of the municipality of Nijmegen, The Economic Board and the European Foundation Joris Ivens. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, attended the meetings. In Quang Tri the Ben Hai River is situated on the 17th parallel, where Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens in 1967 shot the long documentary Le 17e parallele. The delegation was headed by mr. Hoang Nam, the vice-president of the Peoples C ...
Matera in the Italian region of Basilicata is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The exhibition ‘Visione Unica’ of the design group Formafantasma includes Joris Ivens’ documentary l’ Italia Non è un Paese Povero (1960) as part of a visual archive about the very rich patrimony of this region. The last decades Matera shows a remarkable switch from poor and subordinated region towards a spectacular cultural pinnacle, praised by UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and used by many famous ...
On 16 November at IDFA Amsterdam the documentary Marceline. A Woman. A Century made by German director Cordelia Dvorak will be premiered. This portrait of the strong-minded filmmaker Marceline Loridan-Ivens (1928-2018) and fourth wife of Joris Ivens, saw its final editing two days before she passed away. In this film we see Marceline serving her guests coffee or vodka in her Paris apartment at the rue des Saints Peres.
At the occasion of the 120th birthday of Joris Ivens and the 50th anniversary of the debut of the film The 17th Parallel, The People’s War (Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1968) the VietNam Film Institute in collaboration with the European Foundation Joris Ivens are organizing an international Ivens-seminar in Hanoi on 22-24 November. Renowned (film) scholars from Vietnam, Canada, USA, Australia, Indonesia, China and The Netherlands will provide an impulse to the Ivens Studies around the world. Former Vietnamese co ...
The DEFA Foundation in Berlin released a new German DVD with Ivens-films in conjunction with the book Günter Jordan published about these films. DEFA already had launched a DVD with Song of the Rivers in and now presents The Wind Rose, Friendship Will Win and The Peace Cycle Tour Warsaw-Berlin-Prague 1952.
The long awaited book (in German) about Ivens and his East-German films, written by thé specialist in this field, Günter Jordan, has been published by the DEFA Foundation. This beautiful book describes in 680 pages the triumph in the 1950’s, the condemnation at the end of the 1960’s when Ivens became persona non grata in the GDR, until the resurrection of Ivens’ DEFA-films.
The Dutch Art Istitute presents on Sunday October 18th a roaming assembly at Showroom in Arnhem about contemporary artists reflecting on history through the revolutionary lens of art and cinema. With André Stufkens, and artists from Australia (Vivian Ziherl, Tom Nicholson), from The Netherlands (Wendelien van Oldenborgh) and Indonesia (Farid Rakun).
This programma has been curated by Gabriëlle Schleijpen, director of the Dutch Art Institute (DAI).
'For most people in Europe and America, the history of the twentieth century is still largely defined by the two world wars and the long nuclear stand-of with Soviet Communism. But it is now clearer that the central event of the last century for the majority of the world's population was the intellectual and political awakening of Asia and its emergence from the ruins of both Asian and European empires. To acknowledge this is to understand the world not only as it exists today, but also how it is continuing to be remade not so much in the image of the West as in accordance with the aspirations and longings of former subject peoples.' (From the Ruins of Empire. The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia. Pankaj Mishra, 2012)
Today's presentations amalgamate de-colonial histories with profoundly contemporary positions from the Netherlands, Australia, South East Asia at large and, at center stage; Indonesia ~ nation currently captivating the DAI's interest and imagination because of our ongoing and most productive Arnhem Transaction Jakarta-project in the exciting contexts of both the Jakarta Biennial 2015 & SONSBEEK 2016.
13.10 Screening of Joris Ivens' Indonesia Calling (1946, Australia)
with an introduction by André Stufkens from the European Foundation Joris Ivens in Nijmegen
André Stufkens presenting the activities around Indonesia Calling! in Indonesia and Australia.
14.00 Vivian Ziherl in dialogue with artist Tom Nicholson.
Curator & writer Ziherl will provide an introduction to the forthcoming multi-part work by Australian artist Tom Nicholson ‘Scenes from an Archipelago’ which will be first presented within the Jakarta Biennale before featuring within the opening edition of the expanded curatorial project Frontier Imaginaries. ‘Scenes from an archipelago’ involves working directly with one of Indonesia’ most eminent living sculptors, the 90-year-old Edhi Sunarso, who was commissioned by President Sukarno to make many of the major new national monuments in Jakarta in the 1950s and 1960s, but was also responsible for the extraordinary cycle of dioramas created for Monas (national monument) that fabricated a narration of post-colonial Indonesian nationhood. Ziherl and Nicholson will discuss the process of research, interview and work with Sunarso, as well as with a group of largely Hazara refugees stranded in the northern Javanese town of Puncak on account of present Australian anti-immigration policy.
15.00 Something past (anything recorded).
Artist and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Wendelien van Oldenborgh will be talking about the works she has produced addressing the Dutch colonial past in South East Asia and the traces this has left in contemporary dilemmas in the Netherlands. She will share some of the references that have guided these works: No False Echoes (2008), Instruction (2009) and her publication A Well Respected Man or Book of Echoes (2012).
Wendelien van Oldenborgh watching her own video together with the international students of DAI.
16.00 Against the binary of history.
Jakarta based artist, writer, editor, teacher and instigator Farid Rakun will give an overview of 'history' in the eyes of art collectives. He will share his knowledge and reflections on how history has become one of the central themes for current artists in Jakarta/Indonesia. Learn about OK.Video (briefly from the beginning when it was started in 2003, but focusing on the latest one, entitled “Orde Baru” [The New Order]), Forum Lenteng (mainly through their initiatives, including their Halaman Papua and annual experimental documentary festival Arkipel), and lastly Lab Laba-Laba, who took over National Film Company and create exhibited artworks from their findings.
Farid Rakun, artist in Djakarta, explaining about the 'Against the Binary of History' project.
16. 45 Roundtable
with today's speakers, joined by DAI-student Wayne Wang Jie-Lim, who, as a Singaporean will attempt to fill in the 'gap' of Indonesia in Southeast Asian perspective whereby 'Southeast Asia' is too often seen as a whole by the West. Followed by Q & A and discussion with the audience.
17.30 Drinks & snacks