20.03.2022

Max de Haas

Maskerage

A little known fact about our festival is that there simply was no edition in 1957. Therefore we are now continuing our journey through our festival years with an entry from 1958: Max de Haas’s MASKERAGE. Filmed at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, the film shows the museum’s extensive collection of masks from colonised nations. Through the use of lighting and sound, the masks appear as objects of terror - an act of Othering other cultures’ means of artistic expression that contemporary viewers may find insensitive. Nevertheless, the film may function as a foil contributing to the current discourse of repatriation of cultural artefacts.

 

 

 

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