March 2021: Global Museum Launch White Cube


15 institutions across 4 continents
Dates: March 24 - April 24, 2021

During a four-week global museum launch, White Cube is projected daily onto the white walls of the White Cube in Lusanga, the building which features in the film.

Thirteen key art institutions worldwide will join the event, hosting a series of screenings and debates about the projects’ implications. We invite you to join in the virtual museum visits and webinars in Lusanga and across the world.

Participating institutions include National Museum (Kinshasa), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), SCCA (Tamale), African Artists’ Foundation (Lagos), V-A-C (Moscow), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Wiels (Brussels), ICA (London), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), Picha (Lubumbashi), MPavilion (Melbourne), Museum MACAN (Jakarta), Sharjah Art Foundation and The Africa Institute (Sharjah) and White Cube (Lusanga).

March 24 - April 24 2021

From March 24 you can watch White Cube online through the participating institutions. The film will be available on demand throughout the four weeks of the event.

Program of screenings and debates:
24 March – KW, Berlin
Debate with Clémentine Deliss, Tirdad Zolghadr and Renzo Martens.

25 March – Wiels, Brussels  and Picha, Lubumbashi
Debate with Sandrine Colard, Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka (lawyer, political scientist), Jean-François Mombia Atuku (political activist) and Renzo Martens. Moderated by Wendy Bashi.

30 March – ICA, London
The film will be available directly from the ICA platform to their members from 30 March 7pm until 6 April 7pm. A conversation with Azu Nwagbogu and Suhail Malik will be published on the same day.

31 March – V-A-C, Moscow
VAC will broadcast a dialogue between curator Kirill Adibekov, Cedart Tamasala and Renzo Martens.

1 April – MPavilion, Melbourne
Introduction by Renzo Martens and David Gianotten (OMA), with Helen Runting and Arsene Ijambo.

7 April – Mori Art, Tokyo
A debate between Renzo Martens, Mami Kataoka, and Hikaru Fujiii.

10 April – African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos and SCCA, Tamale

14 April – Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven

17 April - Museum MACAN

17 April - Sharjah Art Foundation and The Africa Institute (Sharjah)

24 April – National Museum, Kinshasa

More dates to be announced soon.

About White Cube
In White Cube, Congolese plantation workers set a new precedent. They successfully co-opt the concept of the ‘white cube’ to buy back their land from international plantation companies, and secure it for future generations.

From the violence of the plantation system to the aesthetics of the white cube, the film puts forward a proof of concept: museums can become decolonized and inclusive, but only on the condition that the benefits accrued around the museum flow back to the plantation workers whose labor financed – and in some cases continues to finance – the very foundations of these institutions.

White Cube follows the Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), a plantation workers’ cooperative based on a former Unilever plantation in Lusanga, Democratic Republic of Congo. The film documents CATPC’s success in ending the destructive system of monoculture on their lands.

“Land or art. If I would have to choose, I would choose both. But if I really have to choose only one, I would choose the land. Where can I put my chair and start making art, if I do not own the land?”
Matthieu Kasiama, CATPC.

After a failed solo attempt by artist Renzo Martens to resolve inequality through critical self-reflection, this group of plantation workers employs the privileges associated with the white cube to get back the land that was stolen from them. From the historical foundations in indentured plantation labour of art world giants such as Tate Modern, the Van Abbemuseum and the Ludwig Museum’s to the gentrifying neighbourhoods around these museums, from the boardrooms of Unilever to the exhausted plantations of Congo, the film sets a new paradigm. White Cube is no longer content with mere scrutiny, it proposes a paradigm shift: practical solutions for an inclusive and egalitarian economy.

White Cube is a film directed by Renzo Martens in collaboration with CATPC.

A trailer of the film is available here.

More dates to be announed on this website soon.