Memories of Displacement
With Adnan Softić, Eliane Esther Bots, Zacharias Zitouni and Aylin Kuryel
Location: Steenweg 26
The screening is followed by a conversation with film makers Eliane Esther Bots and Aylin Kuryel and Alma Imamovic, one of the interpreters in the film In Flow of Words, moderated by Florian Wüst
Taking the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s as a point of departure, Memories of Displacement reflects multiple narrative trajectories that traverse and connect Western and Eastern Europe, Turkey and Algeria in relation to political violence, forced migration and collective and personal memory. The four experimental short films elaborate on the role and limitations of language: How to convey the experience of exterritoriality and identity loss against the cliché image of the refugee? How to navigate the surreal position between impartiality and emotion in the process of translating at court? How to tackle a traumatic past of deportation in its contradictory relation to the present? How to withstand state prosecution through words other than one’s own?
Memories of Displacement was originally conceived for the film programme of Twister, an exhibition at neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK), Berlin, February to April 2022.
Ships with goods and materials from all over the world bump into the Bibby Challenge with their waves
Germany 2020, 12 minutes
In Flow of Words
Eliane Esther Bots
The Netherlands, 2021, 22 minutes
first in first out
Germany/Algeria 2019, 26 minutes
Turkey/The Netherlands 2021, 16 minutes
Memories of Displacement is part of the public programme of the IMPAKT Exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations, on view at Steenweg 26 (till 30 December 2022) and IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] (till 8 January 2023).
Adnan Softić― Artist
Adnan Softić (Bosnia and Herzegovina) is an artist and author. His interdisciplinary art practice can be seen in numerous exhibitions and screenings, most recently at n.b.k., Berlin; Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich; Berlinische Galerie, Berlin; and MAXXI Museum, Rome. His work Bigger Than Life won the Grand Prize at the International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, the 3sat Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the Best Art Documentary award at the LA Fresh Stream Experimental Film Festival.
Eliane Esther Bots― Artist
Eliane Esther Bots (the Netherlands) graduated from the Utrecht University of the Arts in 2008. She participated in the post-graduate Document and Contemporary Art programme at the École européenne supérieure de l’image (France) in 2012. In 2016 she graduated with honours from the Master of Film at the Film Academy in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). Her films have been screened and exhibited at IDFA, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the Berlinale, Berlin, Germany; Cinema du Reel, Paris, France; the New York Film Festival, US; the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany; and Go Short, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Photo credit: Kerstin Schomburg
Zacharias Zitouni― Artist
Born in 1996. Studies of fine arts with a focus on film at the hfbk hamburg since 2016. Works as filmmaker, cameraman and dj.
Aylin Kuryel― Artist
Aylin Kuryel (Turkey) is an independent filmmaker and an academic at the Literary and Cultural Analysis department at the University of Amsterdam. Among her documentaries are Translating Ulysses (2022), A Defense (2021), The Balcony and Our Dreams (2020), CemileSezgin (2020), Heads and Tails (2018), Welcome Lenin (2016), Taboo (2009). Her publications include Being Jewish in Turkey: A Dictionary of Experiences (Iletisim Press, 2017), Resistance and Aesthetics in the Age of Global Uprisings (Iletisim Press, 2015), and Cultural Activism: Practices, Dilemmas and Possibilities (Rodopi, 2010).