IMPAKT TV episode #17: Friday 20:30
With Agustina Comedi, Mounir Samuel and Katerina Gregos
Location: IMPAKT TV from Koepelzaal
We start this rich IMPAKT TV episode with a screening of the film Playback. Ensayo de una despedida (2019) by Agustina Comedi. The film collects unique and unknown footage from Argentina. In Córdoba, far from the Argentine capital, the end of a military regime promises a spring that is all too brief. “La Delpi” is the only survivor of a group of friends who are transgender women and drag-queens, who began to die of aids in the late 80s. In a Catholic and conservative city, the Grupo Kalas made their weapons and trenches out of improvised dresses and lip-syncing. The screening is followed by a conversation with Augustina Comedi.
After the screening and conversation, we will talk to Mounir Samuel, Egyptian-Dutch political scientist, publicist, middle-east correspondent, and author. On the main stage he just gave a provocative keynote to uncover the Biblical story of Genesis.
Lastly we end this episode with Katerina Gregos, who will take us through the concept of the festival exhibition Modern Love (or Love in the Age of Cold Intimacies), on view at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and the Centraal Museum from 3 November 2021 till 6 February 2022.
This episode is hosted by Rosa Wevers.
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Agustina Comedi― Artist
Agustina Comedi (1986) Córdoba, Argentina. Screenwriter and Filmmaker. She studied Modern Literature. In 2017 her first film "Silence is a Falling Body" was premiered at IDFA. The film was multi-awarded and selected in more than 50 international festivals. Nowadays she's writing her second feature.
Mounir Samuel― Speaker
Mounir Samuel (1989) is a multidisciplinary performance artist, author of more than a dozen books (both fiction and non-fiction), creative consultant and public speaker. He works on the crossroads and interactions of religion, gender, sex, politics, culture, climate, and creative power and social revolutionary change. www.mounirsamuel.nl
Katerina Gregos― Curator
Katerina Gregos is a curator, lecturer and educator. She is currently artistic director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (EMST). Gregos has become internationally known for curating critical exhibitions that examine the relationship between art, society and politics with a particular view on questions of democracy, human rights, the economy, changing global production circuits as well as historiography. She has curated numerous large-scale international institutional and museum exhibitions and biennials including, among others, the 1st Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2018); the 5th Thessaloniki Biennial (2015); the Göteborg International Biennial (2013) and Manifesta 9 (2012). She has also curated three critically acclaimed national pavilions at the Venice Biennale: Croatia (2019); Belgium (2015) and Denmark (2011). Gregos regularly publishes on art and artists in exhibition catalogues, journals and books, and is a visiting lecturer at HISK: the Higher Institute of Arts in Ghent. She lives between Athens and Brussels.
Rosa Wevers― Moderator
Rosa Wevers is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University. For her research project 'Facing Surveillance: Artistic Strategies in Times of Control' she analyzes how contemporary art exhibitions confront visitors with critical perspectives on surveillance and engage them in strategies of resistance. Before starting her PhD, Rosa worked as a coordinator of the Museum of Equality and Difference (MOED) and the Gender and Diversity Hub of Utrecht University. Rosa is the co-host and co-producer of Kunstmatig, a podcast on art and technology.