Luca Trevisani, Sudan. Interview to a body, 2016, 15'. Courtesy the artist and Mehdi Chouakri, Berlin
LUCA TREVISANI, SUDAN. INTERVIEW TO A BODY
(ITA 2016, HD, 15’, NO DIALOGUES)
Sudan is the name of the last living specimen of a male white rhinoceros. He has been infertile for years because he was kept in a cold European zoo. The rest of his species were killed by poachers for their valuable horn, which is considered by the Chinese to be a strong aphrodisiac and sold for good money. Now, only Sudan remains as the last of an already extinct species, a living work of art, protected 24 hours a day by heavily armed soldiers.
Born in 1979, lives in Berlin and Bologna. Honoured with several awards his works have been exhibited in numerous major museums including Museo Marino Marini, Florence 2014; Maxxi, Rom 2012; Haus am Waldsee, Berlin 2012. Participated in Biennale d’architettura Venezia, Venice 2008-10 and Manifesta 7. At Roma Film Festival he presented his first long feature film Glaucocamaleo in 2013.
Sven Johne, A Sense of Warmth, 2015, 15´37’’. Stills Courtesy Sven Johne, VG-Bild Kunst Bonn, 2017
SVEN JOHNE, A SENSE OF WARMTH
(DEU 2015, HD, 15’37’’, ENGLISH)
“I’m not going to make it. I‘m a loser. Not good enough. I‘m cold. Exhausted. Thirty – three years old, fucked by life.” These words begin a report by the invisible main character Mindy, who is talking about her renunciation of the digital working world. She dreams of a new life in harmony with herself and nature, without exploitation, without war, without environmental destruction, in short: without capitalism. But can this really succeed?
Born in 1976, lives in Berlin. In 2016 he was awarded the Kunstpreis Berlin. Solo shows at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; Kunsthalle Bielefeld; Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg; Whitespace, West Palm Beach et al. Group shows at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; NBK, Berlin; State of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp.
Selected Works: Jutta (2014, KdK 2015), The Circumnavigation of Lampedusa Island (2014), Greatest Show on Earth (2011), Elmenhorst (2006)
Michal Helfman, Running out of History, 2016, 21’ © Michal Helfman / Asi Oren
MICHAL HELFMAN, RUNNING OU OF HISTORY
(ISR 2016, HD, 21’, HEBREW-ENGLISH)
Told in dialogues, this film is the fictional history of Israeli activist G., founder and head of the NGO Israeli Flying Aid (IFA), which provides humanitarian assistance in crisis regions. While G. talks to her Syrian partner Rasan, with whom she worked for one-and ahalf years; in a second dialogue she converses with artist Michal Helfman about the differences between activism and art. Based on both dialogues, the film examines smuggling as both an activist deed and a metaphor for the artistic act.
Born 1973, lives in Tel Aviv. Senior faculty member at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. Solo shows a.o. KW, Berlin 2016; CCA Tel Aviv 2013. Group shows a.o. at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin 2015; Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art (2011). Participation in 32th São Paulo Biennal (2016) and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).
Selected Works: % (2013), While Dictators Rage (2013)
Larissa Sansour / Søren Lind, In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain, 2016, 29' © Larissa Sansour/Søren Lind
LARISSA SANSOUR & SØREN LIND, IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN
(PSE/GBR/DNK/QAT 2015, 4K, 29’, ARABIC)
A mixture of science fiction, archaeology and political parable as a cinematic analysis of the role of myth in history and national identity. The film relates the story of a mysterious resistance group in a land threatened by ruin. The group has underground hoards of precious porcelain from a culture that is allegedly only fictional.
Lives in London and studied Fine Arts in Copenhagen, London and New York. Solo exhibitions since 2010 include New Art Exchange in Nottingham; Turku Art Museum; Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen; Kulturhuset Stockholm; DEPO in Istanbul. Participation in group shows a.o. at Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid or the Biennales of Istanbul and Liverpool.
Selected films: Nation Estate (2012, KdK 2013), Falafel Road (2010), A Space Exodus (2009)
Born in 1970. He works as a visual artist and screenwriter for shortfilms. Usually he writes the books for Sansour’s films.
Mod.: Michael Buhrs, Director, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich
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