Place of History
With Peggy Ahwesh, Aleksandar Ilić, Johannes Gierlinger and Wang Yuyan
On Friday 4 November the screening is followed by a conversation with Johannes Gierlinger
Remember “the end of history”? US political scientist Francis Fukuyama’s infamous observation in response to the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s proved to be erroneous in many ways. The universalisation of the supposedly victorious Western liberal democracy has been unmasked as a deeply colonialist project.
More recently, civil and human rights achieved through decades of social struggle have been contested by right-wing movements, autocratic governments and neoconservative jurisdiction on the rise. History is a question of perspective; it is continuously produced, it is forgotten or lives on, undigested, always ready to violently re-emerge. This challenging selection of films examines the role language and images play in times of social, political and economic polarisation and digs into the volatile nature of the past as much as it glimpses into new representations of the world.
What else is on today?
See the Friday and Saturday timetables to visit the other programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition The Curse of Smooth Operations at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Steenweg 26. For more information on the festival tickets please see here
Peggy Ahwesh― Artist
Peggy Ahwesh (United States) has produced one of the most heterogeneous bodies of work in experimental film and video. True to her bricolage approach, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance, Super-8 film, found footage, digital animation and Pixelvision video. With playfulness and humour, she investigates cultural and gender identities, the role of the subject, language and representation.
Johannes Gierlinger― Artist
Johannes Gierlinger (Austria) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In his work he engages with history, memory and resistance, their forms of representation and spaces of possibilities. He explores readings, doubts and possible future images in the form of essayistic works. His work has been shown at Austrian and international film festivals and institutions, including Visions Du Réel Nyon, Belvedere21 Vienna, Werkleitz Center for Media Art, CPH:DOX, Ifa Galerie Stuttgart, Edinburgh IFF, Dokufest Prizren, FIC Valdivia, Das Weisse Haus, Rotor Graz, Mumok Cinema, and Diagonale Graz. Gierlinger lives and works in Vienna.
Aleksandar Ilić― Artist
Aleksandar Ilić (Serbia) was a Yugoslav writer, editor and director. He was one of the most important filmmakers in former Yugoslavia and modern Serbia, primarily of documentaries and of popular science films. Illic died in 2012 at 85 years of age. In 1945, following the Second World War and his imprisonment in a German camp, he started working at the film company Zvezda and was one of the first students at Belgrade film school, where he opted for training for the creative job of editing. After completing his military service at the newly formed military film company Zastava, he continued working there as an editor there for several years. He then went on to take up positions at Hunting Forest Farm Jelen, Dunav Film, Television Belgrade and Yugoslavia Publicity Company. His vast body of work comprises more than 500 films that he either edited or also authored, directed and sound-designed. Most of Ilic’s films employ metaphors involving animals and their survival to speak about humans and our relations with each other and nature. In short they are fables on film. They include the masterpieces Ice (Led), Owl (Sova) and Mallet (Malj). He was widely recognised for his creativity and won domestic and international awards, including the City of Belgrade’s October Award, the UFUS Charter for contribution to Serbian cinematography and a Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as recognition for his outstanding contribution to the national culture of the Republic of Serbia.
Wang Yuyan― Artist
Wang Yuyan (China) is a filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist living in Paris. She graduated from Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2016 and from Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts, Tourcoing, France in 2020. She draws inspiration from endless, industrial-scale media production. Her works oscillate between film and installation and often offer an immersive perspective accompanied by a process of disintegrating abstraction.