Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
Through group discussions and individual studio visits, as well as examples from Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's work, the workshop delved into questions around the positionality of artists in times of crisis, materiality and the cinemematic form.
Yasmine Eid Sabbagh and Mareike Bernien
Investigating into critical artistic/archiving practices?
In the context of a world shaken by wars, ongoing conditions of coloniality and oppression, economization and environmental destruction—all of which bring about new forms of migration and thus a panoply of challenges in society, which expectations do we have towards artistic/archiving practice?
By combining questions around the performativity of images and critical archiving, this workshop aims at investigating the social, political, economic, and ethical contexts and dimensions of these practices.
Which social contracts are contained within an archive? What are the hidden rules of its collections? What kind of images and stories are being stored and which are excluded? To whom do these archives belong and who has access? Which images circulate? And how does the circulation of these images performe and eventually shape our daily perception ? Can we investigate their hidden agendas through performative practice?
By close viewing of divers materials, collective field trips and performative interventions we will critically reflect on various artistic/archiving practices and their conditions of production.
Rather than exploring a single aspect of my artistic research and process, I have conceived a workshop proposing a series of reflections on two aspects of an endlessly moving practice, which makes me wonder, from which emergency this evolution is the name.
The first part will question the possibilities and limits of the artist’s practice from an ambivalent point of view in regards to representation as a visual and objectified form, and to action as a subjective and collective challenge. How is it possible to go back and forth between an artistic practice and activism, between aesthetics and ethics?
During this part of the workshop, I would like to bring awareness to the social, economical, political stakes of this back and forth movement of rethinking resistance and its limits. How neither as a strategy nor as a sacrifice, a political artistic commitment requires a correlation between an individual and a collective, through the borders of all fields of research.
To do so, I will both evoke the experience of
La Colonie, as an artist-run space, and show a selection of my recent films to be discussed together.
In the second part of the workshop, I will first give a lecture on my decade long research on repair, followed by a discussion with my guest Stefania Pandolfo about the complex issue of repair, from a psychoanalytical point of view, and in connection with beliefs.
This workshop is organised in collaboration with