Menyunting Arsip / Editing the Archive. Resequencing the Tillema Collection is an experimental documentary film. Paoletta Holst and Paolo Patelli produced it during a series of workshops and exhibitions over the last couple of years, initiating a participatory kind of archival filmmaking. During a week in August, as part of Documenta 15’s public programme at Gudskul (Jakarta), in collaboration with curators Robin Hartanto, Rifandi Nugroho and Angga Cipta, they were joined by guests and participants in producing sequences of images by selecting, editing and screening materials from the Tillema Collection (Volkenkunde Museum in Leiden), and providing voiceovers. These sequences are shown in Gallery 3.
With the Tillema Collection as case study, the film Menyunting Arsip / Editing the Archive. Resequencing the Tillema Collection intends to develop new narratives through a collaborative, artistic and rigorous mobilisation of archival materials. The aim is to contribute meaningfully to the debate on the decolonisation of archives, and to promote their public accessibility and critical outreach. Resequencing the Tillema Collection means unpacking the logics that structured the arguments and the propositions traversing the many and heterogeneous publications authored by Tillema in the first half of the 20th century, by exploring further the potential of the images and of the collection itself. It is possible to recognise, beneath Tillema's technical, hygienist stance, a specific way of looking. The project asks if a mobilisation and a critical rearrangement of the collection can challenge and produce alternatives to its framing.
About Paoletta Holst and Paolo Patelli
Paoletta Holst is an artist, writer and architectural researcher, currently a PhD candidate in architecture and urban planning at the University of Ghent, focusing on colonial housing politics and domestic cultures in the former Dutch East Indies. Paolo Patelli is a postdoctoral researcher at Aarhus University (Denmark). He works through artistic methods and collaborative enquiries with the materialities, scenes and atmospheres at the intersections of space and society, technology and environments.
For their public programme at Gudskul, Jakarta, Holst and Patelli worked together with curators Robin Hartanto, Rifandi Nugroho and Angga Cipta. Hartanto Honggare is a PhD candidate in architectural history at Columbia University. His current research focuses on the architectures of colonial plantations in the Dutch East Indies. Septiawan Nugroho is a researcher and occasional curator working along the intersection between architecture, art and everyday life. Currently, he is a facilitator for spatial practice subject at Gudskul, an editor for arsitekturindonesia.org and a fellow at BAK (Utrecht). Angga Cipta is a visual artist who focuses on the history of urban planning and the development of Jakarta over time. Cipta is a part of ruangrupa Artlab and CutAndRescue.
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