An Evening with Lonnie van Brummelen

Monday, December 8, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

Includes the following film:

  • Monument of Sugar: How to Use Artistic Means to Elude Trade Barriers

    2007. The Netherlands. Directed by Lonnie van Brummelen, in collaboration with Siebren de Haan. Silent. 63 min.

Lonnie van Brummelen (b. 1969, Soest, The Netherlands) studied art at Rietveld Academie and Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, and philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Initially trained as a painter, Van Brummelen began working with film at the end of the 1990s. Since 2001, she has collaborated with Siebren de Haan on thought-provoking site-specific exhibition projects and essays. The artist's recent work Monument of Sugar: How to Use Artistic Means to Elude Trade Barriers (2007) combines sculpture and 16mm film in an exploration of subsidized economies, the global sugar market, and how artistic practice can disrupt and subvert economic policies. In response to anti-competitive policies set by the European Union to protect its native sugar production and to the detrimental impact these policies have on other countries, Van Brummelen and De Haan decided to stage an intervention. They subverted EU restrictions on sugar importation by using European sugar dumped cheaply into Nigeria to create sculptures, then returning it to Europe as an artistic product. This screening and discussion with the artist is presented in collaboration with apexart International Residency program.

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