On Saturday 16th April 2016, one of the major museums in Europe based in the Netherlands, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, hosted the opening of new exhibtion “The 1980’s: Today’s Beginning?”. The exhibtion explores the decade from the perspectives of six countires in Europe through music, television, art and archival and graphic material. The six countries featured in the exhibition responding to the theme are: Netherlands (Talking Back: Counter Culture in the Netherlands), Great Britain (Thinking Back: A Montage of Black Art in Britain), Yugoslavia (NSK: From Kaptial to Captial: An Event in the Final Decade of Yugoslavia), Spain (Video-intervention in the Spainish Transition), Turkey (How Did We Get Here?: Turkey in the 1980’s) and Madrid (Archivo Queer: Screwing the System, Madrid 1989-1995). Great Britain’s Thinking Back: A Montage of Black Art in Britain response to the 1980’s, rewinds back to conversations and thoughts during the 1980’s between black film makers, artists, organisations and creatives on politics in Britain’s colonial legacy and using culture as a space and platform to form expressions, identities and to create ideas. Guests artists and curators who attended the opening of the exhibtion include Sonia Boyce, Keith Piper, Lubaina Hamid, Marlene Smith, Claudette Johnson Ingrid Pollard, Melanie Keen (Director of INIVA) and June Givanni In addition to above, seminal works of Eddie Chambers, Maud Saulter, Gavin Jantes, Isaac Julien, John Akomfrah and individual and collective artists work of that time are exhibited in the space. The archival selections in the exhibition are from the Stuart Hall Library, INIVA; Making Histories Visible Archive and the June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive. The June Givanni Pan African Cinema Archive selection included films from Imruh Bakari (Third Eye: An Introduction to Black Cinema with photographs), Mike Dibb (CLR James and Stuart Hall in Conservation), and Amani Naphtali (Bohemian Noir). A small selection of framed film and festival posters; materials about Third Eye Film Festival (complimented with a selection of photographs) and the Edinburgh Third Cinema Conference were also included from the archive as well as archival material on the Association of Black Workshops, Black Film Review articles. The physical design of Van Abbe’s D.I.Y. Archive was of particular interest to JGPACA which is seeking to develop an accessible archival model. The exhibition is on until 25th 2016. Shanice Martin April 2016  
Outside Entrance of the Van Abbe Museum leading to the Main Entrace

Outside Entrance of the Van Abbe Museum leading to the Main Entrace

Charles Esche, director of Vann Abbe Museum, in speech at the opening of The 1980s: Today's Beginnings Exhibition

Charles Esche, director of Vann Abbe Museum, in speech at the opening of The 1980s: Today’s Beginnings Exhibition

Introductory text - re: JGPAFA selection

Introductory text – re: JGPAFA selection

Two Black Film Collective events posters from JGPACA

Two Black Film Collective events posters from JGPACA

 
Third Eye Film Festival and Anti-Racist Film Programme Posters from JGPAFA

Third Eye Film Festival and Anti-Racist Film Programme Posters from JGPAFA

Third Eye Film and Introduction by Imruh Bakari in selection from JGPAFA

Third Eye Film and Introduction by Imruh Bakari in selection from JGPAFA

Mini screening space within the D.I.Y Archive

Mini screening space within the D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe's Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe’s Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe's Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe’s Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe's Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe’s Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe's Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe’s Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

 
Van Abbe's Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

Van Abbe’s Beautifully Designed D.I.Y Archive

 
Van Abbe's beautifully designed D.I.Y. Archive

Van Abbe’s beautifully designed D.I.Y. Archive

June Givanni and Chila Burman together at the exhibition

June Givanni and Chila Burman together at the exhibition

     

June Givanni Pan African Film Archive