Athens Design Forum is pleased to present an inaugural collaboration with Shasha Movies, the independent streaming service for South-West Asian and North African cinema. Co-curating a selection of five films from the February program of Revolt Against the Sun, the following selection emphasizes contemporary Iraqi video art produced between 2017-2022. Revolt Against the Sun is a title borrowed from a collected book of poems by Iraqi modernist and feminist poet Nazik al-Malaika. She was a pioneer of free verse, radically departing from the classical rhyme form that had dominated Arabic poetry for centuries. In her spirit, Shasha Movies’ program of films include works that revolt against form, against structure, and against the sun.
Rooting our program within Athens, the screening will finish with the work of Cypriot artist Marina Xenofontos, Sunlight Vandalism, represented by Athens-based Hot Wheels Gallery. The film deciphers the history of a Kurdish woman’s relation to private and adopted spaces across her migration, revisiting the concept of home.
The films enrich Athens Design Forum’s 2023-2024 ANTHROPOS-TOPOS theme, deciphering how humans coexist with places at the proxy of design. Transposing the socio-political dimensions of design, we explore how the films unveil labor practices, constructed space, and identity creation.
March 4th, 2023 – Bios Cinematheque (Pireos 84, Athina 104 35)
Due to limited space, the event will be ticketed, 10.00 EUROS.
Films will include English subtitles
With special thanks to Hot Wheels Athens for enabling the Q&A with Marina Xenofontos and Bios Cinematheque for their gracious support. A representative from Shasha Movies, Bella Barkett, will be present for dialogue continuing after the film screenings.
For further details regarding the program, please contact Katerina Papanikolopoulos at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Hiwa K Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) – (17’, 2017)
Sherko Abbas & Shirwan Fatih Cineholic (25’, 2021)
Adel Abidin Anthem (3’, 2019)
Noor Gatih Visions of Basra (4’, 2021)
Sama Alshaibi See Without Being Seen (13’, 2022)
Marina Xenofontos Sunlight Vandalism (13’, 2020)
Presented by Hot Wheels Gallery