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Irrelevancies – an introduction to Luta ca caba inda by Filipa César

Friday 30 October 19h at Casa dos Amigos do Minho

This contribution introduces the human, material and economic background of Luta ca caba inda, a collective research project that addresses the possibilities of accessing and performing images and sounds from an eroded Guinean audio visual archive – a collection resulting from the liberation struggle against Portuguese colonialism in the 60’s and 70’s and its alliances to international solidarity movements. The creole title Luta ca caba inda, derives from an unfinished film that is part of this assemblage. This sentence, that translates into English as ‘the struggle is not over yet’ cursed the accomplishing potency of that film, of the struggle and of this project.

This the first of a series of lectures by Filipa César about her research and practice, to be continued in spring.

Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous relationship between the moving image and its public reception, the fictional aspects of the documentary genre and the politics and poetics inherent to the production of moving images. Between 2008-10, great part of César’s experimental films have focused on Portugal’s crecent past, questioning mechanisms of history production and proposing spaces for performing subjective knowledge. Since 2011, César has been researching the origins of film in Guinea-Bissau and its related geo-political radiance, developing that research into the project Luta ca caba inda. She is was a participant of the research projects “Living Archive, 2011-13” and “Visionary Archive, 2013-15” organised by the Arsenal Institute, Berlin. Selected Film Festivals include Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, 2013; Forum Expanded – Berlinale, 2013; IFFR, Rotterdam, 2010 and 2013; Indie Lisboa, 2010; DocLisboa, 2011. Selected exhibitions and screenings include: 8th IstanbulBiennial, 2003; Serralves Museum, Porto, 2005; Tate Modern, London, 2007; SFMOMA, 2009; 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; Manifesta 8, Cartagena, 2010, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, 2011; Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2012; Kunstwerke, Berlin, 2013; Festival Meeting Points 7, 2013-14; NBK, Berlin, 2014; Hordaland Art Center, Bergen, 2014; SAAVY contemporary, 2014; Futura, Prague, 2015; Tensta Konsthall, 2015; Khiasma, 2015.

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