Screening Program July 6 - 24, 2010
With films and videos by
bankleer, Patricia Esquivias, Korpys / Löffler, Elena Kovylina, Christine Meisner, Olivier Menanteau, Damir Ocko, Monika Oechsler, Amie Siegel, Helene Sommer, José Carlos Teixeira, Alexey Terehoff, Ingrid Wildi
- SATURDAY, July 24, 2010, 6pm
Narratives of Migration
Christine Meisner, Recovery of an Image, 2005, 26’
José Carlos Teixeira, Deviation and Consequence: Towards a New (R)evolution, 2008, 22’
Ingrid Wildi, ¿Aquí vive la Señora Eliana M…? (Does Mrs. Eliana M… live here?), 2003, 68’
Christine Meisner, Recovery of an Image, 2005
Recovery of an Image narrates the life story of João Esan da Rocha, who in 1840 at the age of ten years was displaced from Lagos (Nigeria) to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil in order to work as a slave at a sugar-cane plantation. After 31 years he was redeemed and was able to return to his hometown. But even though it had always been his wish to return to Africa, he only could find his place here within the Brazilian community. (Christine Meisner)
José Carlos Teixeira, Deviation and Consequence: Towards a New (R)evolution, 2008
Conceived as a video installation, this work shows a double projection of shots watching a group of African-Portuguese juveniles who are working on new lyrics for the Portuguese national anthem. The process is accompanied by questions pertaining to identity, cultural differences, as well as to exile and affiliation. The young migrants’ perspectives on their host country are inscribed in the new transnational hymn.
Ingrid Wildi, ¿Aquí vive la Señora Eliana M…? (Does Mrs. Eliana M… live here?), 2003
This video work is based on a series of interviews conducted by the artist during her search for her missing mother, a well-known soothsayer in Chile. Among the numerous interviewees are her grandmother telling the family’s migration history, a cousin who works as an anesthetist and represents a longing to forget the past typical for Chile, as well as an aunt who tells about her parapsychical experiences. The work meanders between different realities—the real and fictitious, the visible and the invisible.