With support from Carleton University's Centre for Transnational Cultural Analysis and Film Studies Program, and The Goethe Institute in Montreal, Knot Project Space is proud to present a short-term single-channel exhibition, Conakry, by filmmaker Filipa César. This exhibition is presented in relation to a reading/performance by César taking place at Knot Project Space on November 20th titled, Meteorisations: Reading Amilcar Cabral's Agro-Poetics of Liberation, which will also function as the reception for this exhibition. This exhibition and its related reading/performance are presented as part of a series of Fall/Winter 2019 programs and seminars at Knot Project Space looking at relationships between voice, fiction, collectivity and publication. More information about these works and related programs can be found below.
Staged at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Conakry is a sequence shot on 16mm film that travels through time, space and media to revisit one film reel from the Guinean archive. This particular reel documents an exhibition curated by Amílcar Cabral at the Palais du Peuple in 1972 in Conakry, Guinea, reporting on the state of the war against Portuguese rule. César invited the Portuguese writer Grada Kilomba and the American radio activist Diana McCarty to reflect on these images and their history.
Directed by Filipa César, texts and performance by Grada Kilomba and Diana McCarty, photography by Matthias Biber, sound by Didio Pestana and Nuno da Luz, produced by Johanna Höhemann and Marta Leite, Assistant Director: Marta Leite, Gaffer: Norio Takasugi, set photography by Diana Artus.
Filipa César s an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous boundaries between the moving image and its reception, the fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economies, politics and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. Characterised by rigorous structural and lyrical elements, her multiform meditations often focus on Portuguese colonialism and the liberation of Guinea-Bissau in the 1960s and 1970s. This research developed into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (The Struggle Is Not Yet Over). She gained a MA Art in Context at the University of Arts, Berlin. Selected exhibitions and screenings include at the São Paulo Biennial, Manifesta 8, Cartagena, and the Contour 8 Biennial in Mechelen, Belgium, and Gasworks, London. Festival screenings include the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Curtas Vila do Conde, Forum Expanded at the Berlinale and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.