Xaraasi Xanne at Cine Place-Making
Xaraasi Xanne – Crossing Voices
2021 exhibition version, 110’
Raphael Grisey & Bouba Touré
Fri 4 March 2022, 15:30 Kaaistudio’s
After the screening, an extensive Q&A with Raphaël Grisey will follow, moderated by Avery F. Gordon.
CINE PLACE-MAKING, on Friday 4 – Saturday 5 March 2022, at Kaaistudio’s (Kaaitheater).
With Stoffel Debuysere, Avery F. Gordon, Raphaël Grisey & Bouba Touré, Lara Khaldi, Olivier Marboeuf, Marta Popivoda, Daniella Shreir, Subversive Film, The Post Film Collective, Robin Vanbesien, Ana Vaz, and Ana Vujanović.
Ciné Place-Making traces various cinematic ways of making common causes with situated practices of place-making. We are introduced to a selection of film works and practices that are committed to preserving, reclaiming, and redistributing a set of collectively lived imaginations, dispersed across time and space: Raphaël Grisey’s and Bouba Touré’s archival journey that traces the cultural memory of the agricultural cooperative Somankidi Coura created in Mali in 1977; Marta Popivoda’s reclamation of the memory of female partisan Sonja Vujanović in Yugoslavia as an alternative monument to collective antifascist resistance; Subversive Film’s redistribution of an archival film collection that uncovers the Japan-Palestine solidarity movement from the 1960s to the 1980s; Ana Vaz’s evocation of the collective visual memory of the Waimiri-Atroari in the Amazonas in the 1980s; The Post Film Collective’s kaleidoscopic, playful auto-ethnography; the collaboration between Lisbon-based high school students and Ana Vaz in which the camera is explored as an instrument of inquiry, a pencil, a song. These filmmakers take feeling and agency as constitutive of the way these imaginations of place-making become rehearsed on the screen. They explore cinematic methods tailored to serve with care, providing a holding environment that often extends beyond the apparent and the articulated. In this two-day study circle with film screenings, talks, and lectures, we learn with these film practices how to preserve and proliferate a relational geography of struggles, imaginations, and resources. Ciné Place-Making is conceived by Robin Vanbesien in the context of his eponymous doctoral research-in-the-arts project at Sint Lucas Antwerpen and ARIA.