filminstallation, video 30′, two photographs pasted on the wall
The film Instruction taps into the unresolved episode of the Dutch military intervention in Indonesia after the end of WW II, euphemistically called a “police action”. The film casts a group of young cadets from the Royal Netherlands Military Academy reading out and discussing a number of archival scripts – a personal travelogue, broadcast transcripts or essays. Instruction questions the position of an individual in a larger political framework and in a different political and social environment, in a condition where the individual is malleable and even vulnerable, but still under the challenge of ethical responsibility. The film thus performs an instructive function but maintains a certain ambiguity that leaves open questions for a public discussion yet to come. The film is accompanied by three photographs from the artist’s personal archive.