Epistolary fadings keep flashing moments of danger. An assemblage of ruined celluloid and magnetic tape got transferred into digital matter. A map of a ciné-archeology of solidarity and alliances beamed through the lenses, into the light. Transmissions from African Liberation Movements. Irrelevancies. Humbleness. Flaschenpost. A projectile accompanied for an instant in its never accomplished flight – an aeronautic drive, a subject matter for a nomadology. Ungraspable. An abdication of history.
Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the porous borders between the moving image and its reception, fictional dimensions of the documentary and the economies, politics and poetics inherent to cinema praxis. She uses media to expose counter narratives of resistance to historicism. Since 2011, César has been looking into the origins of cinema in Guinea-Bissau, its imaginaries and potencies, developing that research into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (the struggle is not over yet). She was a participant of the research projects Living Archive (2011-13) and Visionary Archive (2013-15) both organized by the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin. Selected Film Festivals include Curtas Vila do Conde, 2012-15; Forum Expanded – Berlinale, 2013 and 2016; Indie Lisboa, 2010 and 2016; DocLisboa, 2011. Selected exhibitions and screenings include: 8th Istanbul Biennial, 2003; Tate Modern, London, 2007; SFMOMA, 2009; 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; HKW Berlin, 2011-2015; Jeu de Paume, Paris, 2012; Kunstwerke, Berlin, 2013; SAAVY Contemporary, Berlin 2014-15, Futura, Prague 2015; Mumok, Vienna, 2016.
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