Tuesday March 22nd from 7PM, private research session by Maarten Vanden Eynde, at Studio Dawn DeDeaux.
Next to our public program we organise invitation-only events that aim as a catalyst within our residents’ investigative processes. A small number of specialists is invited to respond to a short presentation the artist gives around a specific question that arose while being in New Orleans.
Maarten Vanden Eynde focusses on the Triangular Trade that connects Africa, America and Europe at large; and more specifically Congo, Belgium and the Southern States. He is looking at material remains and their ability to recall, rewrite or manipulate history and history writing. Cotton (and cotton trade) is one of the main materials he is looking at during his residency at Deltaworkers. His question for this research session are related to the specific influence the enslaved people from the Kingdom of Kongo have had on American culture while using the complex story of Africatown (near Mobile, AL) to talk about the difficulty of historical representation, fetishisation and commemoration.
For this research session we invited author Moira Crone, curator Bill Fagaly, artist Elizabeth Shannon and collector Mercedes Whitecloud.