disasters of peace vols.1-6 screenings and PERFORMANCES
A distinguishing feature of our age is the seismic shifts that have arisen from the after-burn of the 20th century: the end of the Cold War, the failed colonial projects giving rise to civil war and mass migration, the unfettered consumption that is slowly destroying the planet, the shifts towards political extremes, and the defiance of the rule of law through mass surveillance. In Western Democracies, we consider ourselves to be in the longest period of peace, but we increasingly fear the other. Paranoia and anxiety infuse our media. We are beset by dis-ease and forebodings of disaster, yet major disasters have already happened: the genocides of indigenous populations, Chernobyl and Fukushima, the Syrian refugee crises, Hurricane Harvey (Texas), Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico), to name but a few. How then can we represent these caustic aftermaths to expose the slow violence they continue to enact? What languages can transform the legacy of recent histories into a constructive future view? This touring programme of films and performances draws together artist filmmakers who in a myriad of ways, challenge the prevalent representations of disaster, beyond the apparatus of spectacle. Featured in this diverse programme are films that in varying ways respond to the ideas of transformation and re-imagining, works that are positioned in a place where we are as likely to look back as we are to imagine a future.
To date we have screened various films by the following filmmakers: Heba Amin (Egypt), Richard Ashrowan (Scotland), Cecelia Condit (USA), Zbigniew Czapla (Poland), Gabriela Golder (Argentina), Allan Hughes (Northern Ireland/UK), Philip Hoffman (Canada), Sam Jury and Sarah Goldstein (UK/USA), Jazra Khaleed (Greece), Brian Kirkbride (USA), Eva Kolcze (Canada), Bryan Konefsky (USA), Kamila Kuc (Poland/UK), Lynne Marsh (Canada), Marianna Milhorat (Canada), Reed O’Beirne (USA), Eliza Newman-Saul (USA) and Shubhangi Singh (India).
Below is a record of our screenings at Experiments in Cinema (Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2017), the Horse Hospital (London, 2017), Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, 2017), Ann Arbor Film Festival (2018), Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (BIM, 2018) and Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2018).
For more details about individual programme editions, visit Curating page.