Artists

 

Confirmed artists for the 2020 Edition:

 

Lucrecia Martel

Lucrecia Martel is an internationally recognized Argentine director. All of her films were featured in some of the most important film festivals in the world: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Toronto, New York, Sundance, Rotterdam, among others, where they received numerous awards and distinctions. Retrospectives were made of her work at prestigious institutions like Harvard, Berkeley and the Tate Museum in London. She was also part of the official jury of the festivals of Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance and La Habana, and gave masterclasses around the world. Her international breakthrough came with the feature film The Headless Woman (2008). International critics surrendered to his latest work Zama (2017), a subtle satire to South America's colonial past. Her filmography also includes the feature films La ciénaga (2001) and The Holy Girl (2004).

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Filipa César

Filipa César (Porto, 1975) is a Berlin-based artist and director, interested in the fictional aspects of the documentary, in the blurred boundaries between cinema and its reception, and in the politics and poetics inherent in the moving image. Her work includes artistic installations such as “F for Fake” (2005), “Rapport” (2007), “Le Passeur” (2008), “The Four Chambered Heart” (2009) or “Menogram” (2010), which have been exhibited  all over the world. Her filmography includes films such as “Mined Soil” (2015), “Spell Reel” (2017) or “Sunstone” (2017), screened at national and international film festivals.

Since 2011, Filipa César has been investigating the origins of militant cinema in Guinea-Bissau and its imaginary, as part of the collective project Luta ca caba inda (the struggle is not over yet). Since 2018 César is an honorary member of the Coletivo Cadjigue.

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Coletivo Cadjigue

Coletivo Cadjigue is a cultural association created in 2014 following the collaborative production of the film Kadjike, directed by Sana na N’Hada and in the context of the Luta ca caba inda archive project. The association aims to value the Bijagós' Islands material and immaterial culture, attentive to oral tradition and ritual transmission, and the development of creative methods for performative and audiovisual production in response to threats of obliteration to the archipelagos culture and its inhabitants, fauna, flora and other entities.

The collective brings together the following members: Emanuel Lopes (Formosa Island); Lay Seck Jr. (Carache Island); Fatucha Bari, Eligio Mendonça (Uno Island), Aideler Mendes, Rui Knight, Out António Gomes (Canhabaque Island); Joãozinho Manjor (Representation of the Régulos, Bubaque Island); Luís Ié, Tito António Lopes, Dominga Banca, Adulai Embaló, Tânia Marcos Pereira, Dionisia Cardoso, Maimuna Arafam, Sadjo Sambu, Adam Lopes Correia, May Falcon, Alada Mendes, Diamantino Carlos, Abubacar Joaquim Gomes , Sana na N'Hada (Bissau) and Filipa Cesar (honorary member, Berlin).

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Karrabing Film Collective

The Karrabing Film Collective (est. 2010) is a collective of filmmakers and artists who use their aesthetic practices as a means of self-organization, resistance and social analysis. Most of the group's members are indigenous and live in a rural community in Australia’s Northern Territories. In the Emiyengal indigenous language Karrabing means “tide out.” It refers to a time of coming together, as well as to the coastline that connects the Karrabing Film Collective as an extended family group across social lines.

The group creates films using an “improvisational realism” method that opens a space beyond the fictional and the documentary, for composing nonlinear narratives that touch the themes of cultural memory, place, and ancestry by freely jumping in time and place. Thus, the Karrabing Film Collective exposes the longstanding aspects of colonial violence that directly impact its members, such as environmental devastation, land restrictions, and economic exploitation.

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Susana de Sousa Dias

Susana de Sousa Dias' film work has been shown internationally at film festivals, art exhibitions and events such as Berlinale, Documenta 14 (Keimena Film Program), PhotoEspaña, Sarajevo IFF, Torino FF, Visions du Réel, Pacific Film Archive, Harvard Film Archive, Ceara Museum of Contemporary Art, CAM Gulbenkian, MNAC-Chiado, Center Pompidou, ICA London, La Colonie (Paris), etc. Shee received several awards, including the Grand Prix Cinéma du Réel and the prize FIPRESCI (DokLeipzig) for his movie 48. She was a guest artist at the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in New York. She was co-director of the DocLisboa International Film Festival in 2012 and 2013, creating new sections such as Urgency and Tickets. (documentary and contemporary art). PhD in Fine Arts / Video and Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.
Fordlandia Malaise (2019) is her most recent work, a reflection on neocolonial relationships between american businessmen and brazilian workers, while also a symbol of the weaknesses of Fordism, unable to succeed in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
 

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Ben Russell 
 
Ben Russell (Massachusetts, 1976) is an artist, curator and filmmaker whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelism. His films and installations emerge from a permanent dialogue with the history and semiotics of the documentary image, while reexamining the codes and the immersive and mimetic potential of the cinematic apparatus. His work is framed by a broad temporal and geographical research around the ritual practice and the altered states of consciousness, while evoking the works of authors such as Jean Rouch, Maya Deren or Michael Snow.
 
Russell received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 and an International FIPRESCI Critics Award (IFFR 2009) for his first feature Let Each One Go Where He May. He exhibited his work on documenta 14. His second feature, Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (co-directed with Ben Rivers), premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2013. Among other higlights of his filmography is also the Trypps short film series (2005-10), a physical and psychedelic trip between the similarities and dissimilarities of different poles like Providence's noise scene or an animist ritual in a Surinamese village. His curatorial projects include Magic Lantern sessions in Providence (2005-2007) or the HALLUCINATION (S) film and performance festival in Athens (2017).

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Ariella Aisha Azoulay

Ariella Aisha Azoulay (Tel Aviv, 1962) is an author, art curator, filmmaker, and theorist of photography and visual culture. She is a professor of Modern Culture and Media and the Department of Comparative Literature at Brown University and has been considered one of the most compelling theorists of photography writing today.

Some of her curatorial works are the archive Act of State 1967-2007 ( Centre Pompidou, 2016),  Enough! The Natural Violence of the New World Order (F/Stop festival, Leipzig, 2016), The Natural History of Rape, Pembroke Hall, Brown University, The Body Politic [in Really Useful Knowledge, curated by What, How & for Whom / WHW], Reina Sofia, Madrid; When The Body Politic Ceases To Be An Idea, Potential History (2012, Stuk / Artefact, Louven), Untaken Photographs (2010, Igor Zabel Award, The Moderna galerija, Lubliana; Zochrot, Tel Aviv), Architecture of Destruction (Zochrot, Tel Aviv), Everything Could Be Seen (Um El Fahem Gallery of Art).

She's a director of documentary films as well, among which: Civil Alliances, Palestine, 47-48 (2012), I Also Dwell Among Your Own People: Conversations with Azmi Bishara (2004), The Food Chain (2004).

Her latest book Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism is a theoretical tour-de-force, calling to recognize the imperial foundations of knowledge and to refuse its structures and its many violences. She proposes us to rewind history and unlearn our imperial rights: unlearning imperialism, unlearning the archive, unlearning our complicity with regimes of violence, domination and exploitation, and unlearning photography and its capacity to foreclose potential histories that must urgently be realized and reclaimed.

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Hagar Ophir

Hagar Ophir is a Jerusalem born and Berlin-based research and action artist. 

She is a performer and visual researcher whose works examine constructions of historical narrative and national identity through the choreography of bodies. Trained as a historian, a stage designer and a dancer, Ophir engages the methodologies of history writing to create performances that stage interventions into knowledge production practices. Her critical performative historiography creates a space in which to differently imagine possible futures.

As co-creator and performer in Public Movement (2008-2016), she took part in actions at various international venues including: Guggenheim Museum, NYC; Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel; ACA Melbourne, Australia; Asian Art Biennial, Taiwan.

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Lilia Moritz Schwarcz

Lilia Moritz Schwarcz is a Brazilian historian and anthropologist. She is a doctor in social anthropology at the University of São Paulo, titular professor at the Faculdade de Filosofia, Letras e Ciências Humanas in the same institution and also a a curator for the São Paulo Museum of Art. Her main fields of study are anthropology and history of 19th-century Brazil, focusing on the Brazilian Empire, social identity, slavery and race relations between White and Afro-Brazilian peoples. 
 
She won five Jabuti Prizes – Brazil’s leading literary prize --for The Emperors beard ; History of private life; The Sun of Brazil; An enigma called Brazil, and Mestizo Histories (the catalogue). She also won the Brazilian Academy of Letters prize for The Avai Battle.
 
She was fellow at the Guggenheim Foundation (2006/ 2007), and at the John Carter Brown Library (2007); was a visiting professor at Oxford, Leiden, Princeton and Brown Universities, a Tinker Professor at Columbia University (2008), and since 2011 is Global Professor at Princeton.