Marianne Fahmy& Amir Youssef, 31 Silent Encounters, EGY 2016, 7’30’’ © Marianne Fahmy
MARIANNE FAHMY & AMIR YOUSSEF, 31 SILENT ENCOUNTERS
(EGY 2016, DIGITAL, 7’30’’, ARABIC)
A purposefully simple and poignant conversation based on love letters written in Egypt in the 1950s. The dialogue of an imprisoned Communist activist with his wife, illustrated with current film images of buildings from the period. Little by little, social and political problems superimpose themselves over the couple‘s feelings, just as the realization of current problems in Egypt erases every trace of nostalgia.
Both born in 1992, live in Egypt. Fahmy studied at the faculty of Fine Arts at Alexandria University. Previous exhibitions a.o. at the Fine Art Museum, Alexandria; Saad Zaghloul Museum, Cairo. In 2014 she was awarded at the 25th Youth Salon Exhibition. Youssef who is assistant teacher at the faculty of Fine Arts, took part in the documenta 13 as an artist assistant with Theaster Gates. Art director for Wael Shawky’s film Al Araba Al Madfuna II. Participated in the Mediterranea 17 (2015).
Other films: The Room (2016), officially selected at Beirut animated and Animate Dubai (animation film festivals).
Halil Altındere, Homeland, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 10’6”, Vocals and lyrics Mohammad Abu Hajar, Music Nguzunguzu. Courtesy Halil Altindere and Pilot Gallery, Istanbul. Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. With the sup
HALIL ALTINDERE, HOMELAND
(DEU / TUR 2016, HD, 10´06", ARABIC)
Filmed in Turkey and Germany, this film relies on the tension between realism and fiction to focus on the experience of forced migration. Mohammed Abu Hajar gives voice to the contradictions brought about by the refugee status. The rhymes by the Berlin-based Syrian-born rapper accompany the viewer through scenes partially based on real footage. They take us from Istanbul to Berlin – a political centre where Europe‘s response to the refugee crisis is being sought.
Born in 1971, lives in Istanbul. Participation in the 9th Berlin Biennale; Manifesta 10; documenta 12. Latest solo shows at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein 2016; MoMA PS1, New York 2015; Kunstpalais Erlangen 2015.
Selected films: Angels of Hell (2014, KdK 2015), Mesopotamia Trilogy (2007-2010)
Julian Rosefeldt, Manifesto, 2015 © Julian Rosefeldt und VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
JULIAN ROSEFELDT, MANIFESTO
(DEU 2016, 2K, 94’20’’, ENGLISH)
GERMAN PREMIERE (Single-Channel-Version)
Cast: Cate Blanchett
A tribute to the literary beauty of artist manifestos written throughout the 20th century, and at the same time a plea for political awakening. In contemporary settings, Cate Blanchett re-enacts a text collage of milestones of manifestos – among others pamphlets from artist groups such as the Futurists, the Dadaists, the Suprematists and the Situationists. The film reveals both the performative element and the political significance of these declarations, which were often written as a provocative call to action.
Born 1965, lives in Berlin. Since 2013 professorship for for digital and time-based Media at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. Recent solo exhibitions a.o. at the Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen; École des Beaux Arts de Paris; Villa Stuck, Munich; Rödasten Konsthall, Gothenburg; Park Avenue Armory, New York (all 2017), Ruhrtriennale Duisburg; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Sprengel Museum Hannover (all 2016); Kunsthalle Wien 2012; Taipei Fine Arts Museum 2012; British Film Institute, London 2010. Group exhibitions a.o. in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moskau 2016; CAFA Art Museum, Peking 2016; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich 2014, Tate Modern, London 2014.
Selected Works: American Night (2009), Trilogie des Scheiterns (2004/05), Asylum (2002)
Mod.: Heinz Peter Schwerfel, Artistic Director, KINO DER KUNST
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