Beursschouwburg: Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims

26.06.2024, 20:30 — 22:30 Screening + talk

Organised by Beursschouwburg in collaboration with Kunsthal Extra City, CCQO/ARIA and DE SINGEL

Expanding on their exhibition at Kunsthal Extra City, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman present films in their Elemental Cinema series, focusing on earth, water, air, and fire. In conversation with Kayah George's film 'Our Grandmother The Inlet', the artists invite us to gather around air and to listen to what clouds remember.

The screening is followed by a conversation with Denise Ferreira da Silva, Arjuna Neuman and Kayah George.

"Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims is the latest film in a series called Elemental Cinema, which we began to conceive in 2016, and for which we have developed an approach that takes matter, material, and the elemental as a starting point. Part documentary and part personal essay, each film in this series is dedicated to one of the four classical elements: earth, water, fire, and air, the element chosen in Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims, a film that follows the wind and what it carries as a guide and an analytical framework. Merging poetics and critical theory, this work proposes a sensuous, poignant, and emotional take on the ethical-political challenges of the global present, through human and nonhuman perspectives. Our aim being to undermine ways of thinking about and relating to the Earth which have been inherited from European colonial modernity." (Artists’ statement)

The program continues on 27 June with a talk and seminar at Kunsthal Extra City in Antwerp.



  • Location: Beursschouwburg
  • Screening of: Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims ('50) by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman
  • Screening of: Our Grandmother The Inlet ('9) by Kayah George
  • Panel discussion with Denise Ferreira da Silva, Arjuna Neuman and Kayah George, moderated by Olivia Ardui
  • Ticket: € 10 / 7 / 5, buy your ticket here!

Language English

Location , Auguste Ortsstraat 20 - 28, 1000 Brussel

Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims 11.05.2024—15.09.2024