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Renzo Martens

cinema French Premiere


Lusanga / Amsterdam


The Dutch artist Renzo Martens’ feature-length documentary explores the economics of contemporary art and the complex relationships between plantation workers and western museums. He pushes the paradoxes, inconsistencies, perversions and injustices of the system to the limit, ultimately causing them to implode by using the codes of a familiar western space: the famous White Cube.

Renzo Martens spent several years filming people he met in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His observant eye became increasingly critical, denouncing the ills that are devastating the country such as the self-destructive system of monocropping and the iron grip of multinationals on workers’ plantations. After Enjoy Poverty, Renzo Martens’ White Cube shows how the Congolese Plantation Workers Art League experimented with artworks made of mud and chocolate, taking part in exhibitions and art sales (for their own benefit) in upscale galleries in Amsterdam and New York and radically restructuring the value chain of the art object. The success of the White Cube project allows residents of Lusanga to buy back land and invent a new ecological and economic post-plantation model. The project pleads in favour of a kind of contemporary art that criticised inequalities and allows people to step beyond them – not only in a symbolic way but also in material terms.


MEETING with Renzo Martens and Tamer El Saïd  accompanied by other artists of the 2021 program including Wilda Philippe of the Rara Woulib company - Saturday 19 June after the screening

Practical information

2021 Edition

Duration 79'

Where ?
La Criée - National Theater of Marseille

30, quai de Rive Neuve, 7e
tél. 04 91 54 70 54 /

• Metro - 1 stop Vieux-Port

• Bus - 82, 82s, 83, 583 stop Théâtre La Criée

 Bike - terminal n° 7349, La Criée 

• Parking - Indigo, Vieux-Port-La Criée 



Rate 5€

Book !


Photographies © Human Activitie


Création 2020 | Réalisation Renzo Martens 


Production Pieter van Huystee Film (Pays-Bas) Coproduction IntiFilms (Bruxelles) ; Human Activities (République Démocratique du Congo / Pays-Bas) Cinématographie Renzo Martens, Dareck Tuba, Hans Bouma, Maarten Kramer, Daan Wallis, Remco Bikkers, Louise van Assche, Eric Vander Borght, Jean Counet, Deschamps Matala, Lisa Perez, Boaz van der Spek Montage Boaz van der Spek, Eric Vander Borght, Jos de Putter, Jan de Coster Réalisation deuxième unité Eric Vander Borght Son Papy Bambole-Kandole, Dareck Tuba, Philippe Benoit Création sonore Ranko Paukovic Scénario Renzo Martens Narration Renzo Martens, Irene Kanga, Matthieu Kasiama, René Ngongo Chaîne TV partenaire VPRO (Pays-Bas)

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