27 June 2024 - Kunsthal Extra City Antwerp

Exhibition view Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims at Kunsthal Extra City 2024 © We Document Art

Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims is Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva’s first exhibition in Belgium. In 2016 they started collaborating on Elemental Cinema, a series of films that take our world’s basic elements — earth, air, water and fire — as starting points. Through these films they question the dominant, Western, perspective on knowledge of both the human and the non-human. Their ethical-esthetical viewpoint focuses on systemic structures of colonialism, capitalism and imperial injustice. The exhibition at Kunsthal Extra City brings together several of their acclaimed film works such as Serpent Rain (2016) and 4 Waters — Deep Implicancy (2018). Central is their latest and most ambitious film to date, Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims (2023).

On 27 June at 2:30 pm, CCQO and ARIA organize a talk and seminar with Neuman and Ferreira. Everyone is very welcome!

Location: Kunsthal Extra City, Provinciestraat 112, 2018 Antwerpen


  • 2:30 pm – Welcome by Joachim Naudts + visit exhibition
  • 3:00 pm – Film screening Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims
  • 4:00 pm – Sensing Earth – Introduction by Pascal Gielen
  • 4:10 pm – Reflections on the film and exhibition by Roel Arkesteijn
  • 4:25 pm – Voices From The Drought** by Annelys de Vet
  • 4:45 pm – Our Grandmother The Inlet film presentation & reflection by Kayah George
  • 5:00 pm – Talk with Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva moderated by Katrien Reist
  • 6:00 pm – Drinks

For more information: mail to pascal.gielen@uantwerpen.be

Information on the exhibition can be found here: 

This event is a coproduction by Kunsthal Extra City, de Beursschouwburg, deSingel and CCQO/ARIA and is developed in parallel to the exhibition 'Ancestral Clouds Ancestral Claims' at Kunsthal Extra City in Antwerp (May 11 – September 15, 2024).

** Voices from the Drought is an artistic participatory project that aims to visualise alternative forms of sustainable water management. During a series of workshops, local and international creative nature lovers with experience in drought and flooding, will be invited to explore and visualise various perspectives on water management. The results will be shared through an exhibition, publication and digital media. With this series of imaginations, the project aims to contribute to a more culturally inclusive and visually rich discourse on drought, flooding and nature conservation.