Summer exhibiting artist Ellen Gallagher suggested the film Wan Pipel as it explores themes similar to those she explores in her exhibition Nu-Nile. (The film holds an extra significance for Gallagher who lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.)
Wan Pipel is a 1976 Surinamese/Dutch film directed by Pim de la Parra. The film was the first produced after Suriname established independence from the Netherlands. Roy, a young Surinamese man, returns to his native country from the Netherlands and is confronted with the consequences of colonialism and clash of Surinamese, African, Indian and Dutch cultures. Roy must make difficult choices about his love life which mirror larger cultural and personal decisions that people living in Diasporas all over the world must make about their lifestyle.
Prior to the screening, Vincent van Velsen delivered a short lecture on themes of the film and how they overlap with Ellen Gallagher's exhibition Nu-Nile.
Video produced by John Verhaeven.