Mathieu Abonnenc at Gasworks and related events
22nd February 2011
Foreword to Guns for Banta is the first UK solo show by Paris-based artist Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc. The exhibition follows Abonnenc's two-month residency at Gasworks.
Consisting of a diaporama and a selection of archival documents, the exhibition at Gasworks focuses on the lost film Guns for Banta (1970), the first feature-length film by Sarah Maldoror. Shot in Guinea-Bissau, Guns for Banta follows the life and untimely death of Awa, a countrywoman involved in the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Parallel to this semi-fictional narrative, the film offers rarely seen images of the involvement of women and children in the struggle.
Foreword to Guns for Banta is the result of a co-production between Gasworks, Picture This and Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea. The screening at Ciné Lumière and invitation to Sarah Maldoror is made possible through a partnership with Institut Français.
26th February 2011 - 17th April 2011
Preview: Friday 25 February 2011, 6.30-9pm
155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH
Wed-Sun 12-6pm or by appointment
Wednesday 23 February, 8pm
An Evening with Sarah Maldoror
At Ciné Lumière
Two films by Sarah Maldoror will be screened - Monangambéee (1969) and Sambizanga (1972) - following which, a discussion with the film director and Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc will take place.
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Saturday 26 February, 3-6pm
The Russian Connection
Kodwo Eshun, Jeremy Hicks and Ros Gray lead a visual discussion about the cinematographic training of Sarah Maldoror and her African peers in Soviet Russia.
Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc is an artist, curator and researcher interested in exploring the history of the colonial encounter and its effects on memory