Events — 2 Apr 2016

The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution are presenting the film Bete & Deise (2012) on the occasion of the book launch of Amateur, the new monograph about the work of Wendelien van Oldenborgh, and the Dutch première of the film From Left to Night on Sunday 3 April. The film will be screened continuously during the weekend of 2-3 April, the film starts every hour on the hour.

Entrance ticket Stedelijk Museum (free under 18 and with museumcard)
Teijin Auditorium
2 Apr, 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Main language
Portuguese with English subtitles
Not necessary, free entrance with museum entrance ticket

Bete & Deise (2012) stages an encounter between two women in a building under construction in Rio de Janeiro. Actress Bete Mendes and Baile funk singer Deise Tigrona have—each in their own way—given meaning to the idea of a public voice. Together these women talk about the use of their voice and their positions in the public sphere, allowing for the contradictions they each carry within themselves to surface. Through a montage that evocatively combines the voices of the women with their image, Van Oldenborgh confronts us with considerations on the relation between cultural production and politics and the potential power that is generated when public issues intersect with the personal. Bete & Deise was commissioned as part of If I Can’t Dance’s Edition IV – Affect (2011–2012), and was shot in Capacete’s premises in Rio’s Gloria district four years ago. The film has since been presented at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam, and at various institutions and festivals internationally, including a recent tour in Brazil.


Wendelien van Oldenborgh (born 1962) lives and works in Rotterdam. Her work focuses on suppressed and forgotten social history. In her cinematographic structures, shown as films and installations, Van Oldenborgh provides room for a range of perspectives and voices. In this way her work examines the political, social and cultural relations in society and how these are manifested in social behavior. After completing her studies at Goldsmiths College in London, she worked for a long time in Belgium and Germany. She was recently awarded the prestigious Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art and went to Berlin for a year, participating in a residence of the Berliner Künstler programme des DAAD. Recent exhibitions of her work have included: From Left To Night, The Showroom, 2015; School of Kyiv, Kyiv Biennale, 2015 (curators: Georg Schölhammer and Hedwig Saxenhuber); Confessions of the Imperfect, 1848-1989-today, Van Abbemuseum, 2014; Dead Reckoning: Whorled Explorations, Kochi Muziris Biennale (curator: Jitish Kallat), 2014; 12th Cuenca Biennale, Ecuador (curators: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti and Manuela Moscoso), 2014; Art Turning Left: How Values Changed Making 1789, 2013 (curator: Franscesco Manacorda), Tate Liverpool, 2014; If I Can’t Dance’s Edition IV Affect (2010-2012); 54th Venice Biennale, 2011; 4th Moscow Biennale, 2011; 29th São Paulo Biennale, 2010; 11th  Istanbul Biennale, 2009, and Berlinale Forum Expanded, 2011, 2013 and 2015.


The launch of the publication of Amateur and the film From Left to Night was organized by If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and the Public Program of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam together with the artist. With thanks to the Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for Art and the Wilfried Lentz Gallery. The publication was made possible with the support of the 2014 Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art and the Mondriaan Foundation.