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FILM SCREENING - BURKINABÈ RISING: THE ART OF RESISTANCE IN BURKINA FASO

Film Screening @HCP

12th November 2019, 7:00 pm

A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d'état led by his best friend and adviser Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, until a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabe life. It is an inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world. 

Below is the trailer:

https://culturesofresistancefilms.com/burkinabe-rising#trailer

About the Director: Iara Lee

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and founder/director of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organization that promotes global solidarity and connects and supports agitators, educators, farmers, and artists to build a more just and peaceful world through creative resistance and nonviolent action!

As a filmmaker, Iara has directed/produced several full-length documentaries and dozens of short films over the past decade.

Her latest documentaries were shot in West Africa: BURKINABÈ RISING (2018), about the intersection of art and politics in Burkina Faso, and BURKINABÈ BOUNTY (2018), on agroecology in Burkina Faso. She currently has three projects in post-production: STALKING CHERNOBYL, a film examining the underground culture of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone three decades after the world's most infamous nuclear disaster; FROM TRASH TO TREASURE, a short documentary on turning negatives into positives in Lesotho; and WANTOKS: DANCE OF RESILIENCE IN MELANESIA, a short film highlighting the performers who are using their talents to celebrate local culture and draw international attention to their islands’ fight against climate change. CAMERA UNOBSCURED, a film profiling photographers-for-change from the global South, and THE SAMI'S SONG OF SURVIVAL, a short documentary about indigenous resistance on the arctic frontier, are in pre-production.

Iara is a long-time supporter of Greenpeace, Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, and many organizations around the world through the Cultures of Resistance Network.

 

Bastard's callings to her last inheritance: conservative landscapes

Photo Exhibition

recent works by Mansi Bhatt

The photographs are staged like landscapes on the body and shot like places/sites on land. Through a theatrical set comprising of prosthetic makeup, objects and various skins, diverse spaces built on and around the body, weaving the body into complex places we inhabit. It is a subtle interplay between the scale of the body and the dimension of the city. The city is a complex navigation, full of social and religious conflicts and political symbols, so the idea is to collect multiple narratives and make a powerful concert of order, pace, exchange, satire and still speak through our chaotic position in this exaggerated world. This interlacing of body/land/scape interestingly opens up possibilities of excavation and archaeological discovery of new lands which further suggest more layers beneath! 

The silver objects are objects of religious beliefs. They are passed on from generation to generation.  

About the artist

I am an artist based in Bombay, working within the gaps of performance and photography, the body and it's spatial negotiations. The process includes prosthetic makeup, body extensions, sets and costumes in order to allow for absurd human observations. Both staged photographs and live performances are playful and disquieting, negotiating the realm of reality and uncertainty. The act of performance is familiar but strange that challenges the relevance of our collective political awareness. This space is as uncomfortable as the feel of plastic prosthetic pieces on the skin but at the same time, it intensifies the character of the act, addressing the gaps of the staged and the performed. In my performances, I prepare through a larger than life persona to perform a heroic act negotiating with three immediate elements of our lives- land, water and sky - that we consume and get consumed by. They are powerful spaces physically and metaphorically! Personally, they question my notions of belonging, often through the lens of gender and the ecosystems we inhabit

 
 

Jazz Concert: Lisbeth Quartett

Lisbeth Quartett
 


Charlotte Greve_Sax
Manuel Schmiedel_Piano
Igor Spallati_Bass
Moritz Baumgärtner_Drums

Founded in 2009 and divided equally between Berlin and New York since 2012, the Lisbeth Quartet was awarded a Jazz-Echo as newcomer of the year for its second CD Constant Travellers. The follow-up Framed Frequencies (Jan 2014) was also highly acclaimed internationally and the following live-album documents the band’s joy of playing and improvising on stage.

October 27th, 2017 is the release of There Is Only Make. “The new album was developed more from a band process than our earlier studio productions. Before we recorded, we carried the pieces with us for a longer time and performed them in many concerts together,” bandleader Charlotte Greve says. She compares the process to that of a painter, who develops the details and depth of his picture bit by bit. The result is multi-faceted pieces that oscillate between quiet passages and vigorous intensification. Melodic lines and clear forms, subtle interplay and a modern approach demonstrate creative drive and strength of character. Greve’s profound, partly lyrical compositions are timeless in the best sense and unite depth, unobtrusive lightness and long arcs of suspense.

Of course Charlotte Greve’s alto saxophone is at the center of attention. Her vibrant, floating saxophone tone and the sometimes clear, sometimes convoluted modulations are supported by her prominent partners. Pianist Manuel Schmiedel creates imaginative panoramas and solos and Moritz Baumgärtner’s unconventional, sonorous and dynamic drumming fuels rhythmic finesse. All of this together develops the intimate and genuine sound of the Lisbeth Quartet.

“When Charlotte Greve puts her alto into position, she gets the right intonation immediately. The sound is powerful, but not dominant, smooth and on alert likewise.”
Tagesspiegel

„A quartet of international standing“
Oliver Hochkeppel, Süddeutsche Zeitung