Lecture + film: Gauguin’s work in the era of #MeToo, on 26 November

Dr. Jack Post will comment on the discussions that arose in France following the premiere of Edouard Deluc’s film Gaugain – Voyage de Tahiti. His reading is followed by the documentary Gauguin In Tahiti – Paradise Lost.

When: Tuesday 26 November, 19.30 – 21.30
Where: Lumière cinema
Costs: Regular €9.50 / students €6.50

Order your tickets here.

The article ‘Is pedophilia less serious when it takes place in the tropics?’, published in the magazine Jeune Afrique’, accused the director as well as the film of not mentioning the more problematic aspects of Gauguin’s life and work. For example, many of the women that Gauguin painted and with whom he lived and even married on Tahiti were barely 13 years old.

In his lecture Jack Post will address these criticisms and place them against the background of the moral dilemmas with which present-day exhibitors such as museums, cinemas and publishers are confronted. How should one relate to the work of ‘wrong’ or ‘problematic’ artists such as Roman Polanski, David Hamilton, Balthus or Woody Allen. And what should one do with it: remove it, censor it? And what to do when a student says, ‘I don’t read that work or I don’t want to see that film because…’.

19.30: Start lecture
20.00: Start film

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