The starting point for Yto Barrada’s project is the unique and tragic figure of Thérèse Rivière. In the 1930s, the French ethnologist traveled to Algeria, to the Aurès mountains, to study the Berber Chaouis people.
Filipa César has created both an installation and an essay film that address creolisation beyond language and as a way of thinking about the world.
The installation and essay film presented by the artist are the result of a collective research exercise and incorporate various moving image formats such as video, 16mm and 3D animation, to explore the dynamics of creolisation, in its historical and biological contexts – including the subversive dimension of linguistic codes and notions of weaving.
The punch-card technology, originally developed for textile production, was fundamental for the development of the computer. Its binary code is closer to the principle of weaving than to the act of writing. The weaving of ciphered messages of social and political resistance in textiles or as appropriations of the colonist’s language by the creole are just two aspects of the recent past that help us to, today, think about the new digital economies and their procedures and codes. The digital visualisation of an ultra-liberal free trade zone’s project planned by multinational companies in the Bissagos Islands, returns us, albeit in a new guise, to the violence that arose several centuries ago with the creation of slave trading posts in what was then known as the rivers region of the Guinea of Cape Verde.
The film to be presented is one of three ‘seasons’ or exhibition moments planned by the artist in a long forthcoming international itinerary, which includes three institutions: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, in Lisbon, and Tabakalera, in San Sebastián.
Filipa César (Porto, 1975) has presented her work at both a national and international level in film screenings and contemporary art exhibitions, such as the Berlinale, Doc’s Kingdom, Flaherty Seminar, MoMA, Mumok, Manifesta 8, SAVVY, Jeu de Paume, Tensta konsthall, Harvard Art Museums and Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
Curator: Leonor Nazaré
In partnership with Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
Talk with the curator Leonor Nazaré, the artist Filipa César and the guests Odete Semedo and Marinho Pina
Friday, 31 May, 17:00
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