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Artist Moving Image Network Screening


7 July 2016 5:30 pm - 7 July 2016 7:00 pm

Artist Mathieu K. Abonnenc presents three films as part of the Artists’ Moving Image Network (AMIN) touring programme. These works explore themes of identity and memory in post-colonial situations.

Films
Secteur IX B (2015) takes inspiration from L’Afrique fantôme (1934), the controversial diary by French surrealist writer Michel Leiris. Recounting Leiris’ participation in the Dakar-Djibouti ethnographic expedition of the 1930s, this film reflects on identity, cultural appropriation, and the transference of memory through objects.

Ça va, ça va, on continue (2012) illustrates Abonnenc’s research into former Portuguese colonies through images of liberation movements. The film reveals the complications implicit in commemorating histories of anti-colonial revolt and revolutionary insurrection.

An Italian Film (Africa Addio) (2012) is based around the film Africa Addio produced by Italian directors Franco Prosperi and Gualtierro Jacoppeti. Abonnenc engages with their exploration of the end of the colonial era in Africa (including footage of the Zanzibar revolution) to revisit imperialist histories, particularly looking at how they still frame the Western mindset.

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc (b.1977, Paris (French Guiana); lives in Metz, France). Recent solo exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Basel and Bielefelder Kunstverein, Basel (2013) and the Serralves Museum, Porto (2012). Group presentations include: 56th Venice Biennale, where he showed in All the World’s Futures, and the Belgian Pavilion (2015); Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz (2015); Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (2015); 8th Berlin Biennale (2014); Triennale de Paris (2012); Manifesta 8 (2010).

Artists’ Moving Image Network
The Artists’ Moving Image Network is a national network of partners comprising of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Middlesbrough), Grundy Art Gallery (Blackpool), and Phoenix (Leicester). It forms the only partnership in England committed to showing an innovative programme of artists’ film content, with support from Arts Council England. The network is designed to expand and diversify the audience for artists’ film, creating sustainable curatorial and audience development as well as continued programming within this medium.

Running times
Secteur IX B (2015): 42 minutes

Ça va, ça va, on continue, (2012): 31 minutes

An Italian Film (Africa Addio), 1 : Copper, (2012): 26 minutes


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