Archival Interventions Screening and Discussion

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
Whitney Humanities Center
53 Wall Street
New Haven , CT

Archival Interventions: Screening & Panel Discussion

Thurs, Sept 12 · 7 PM · Whitney Humanities Center

For its first event of the semester, the Yale Film Society presents Archival Interventions: a screening and panel discussion focused recent moving-image engagements with institutional archives.

The short works in this program, which have exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals, question the neutrality of the archive and indicate where preservation seeks to erase. More than critiques, they search out ways of manipulating representation to relate to violent images on their own terms. They re-embody virtual objects, re-work filmed events, and imagine where images drop off, calling on speculation and personal histories. Police files, military films, museum holdings, and colonial ethnographies become the subject of, and subject to, a host of practical inquiries: How can we recover the images the archive has lost? How can we recuperate the images it has stolen? How can we reveal histories declared dead to be living? How can we make and show images to address, not assist legacies of violence?

The screening will take place on September 12 at 7 PM in the Whitney Humanities Center and run one hour long. Afterwards, artists Onyeka Igwe, belit sağ, and Africanus Okokon (MFA Candidate, Yale School of Art) will be joined by Marius Kothor (PhD Student, Department of History), Brian Meacham (Archive and Special Collections Manager, Yale Film Study Center), Pooja Sen (PhD Student, Departments of Film and Media Studies and History of Art), and Sherena Razek (PhD Student, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University) for a panel discussion and audience Q&A.

The Program
(Total runtime: 62 min)

IT’S IN THE GAME ‘17 (Sondra Perry, 2017, 16 min)
And Yet My Mask Is Powerful Pt. 1 (Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, 2016-2018, 8 min)
cut-out (belit sağ, 2018, 4 min)
Specialised Technique (Onyeka Igwe, 2018, 7 min)
Untitled (.srt) (Africanus Okokon, 2019, 9 min)
And he knew that those who witnessed these things might be too stunned to speak (Anna Dasović, 2017, 18 min)

This event is curated by Josh van Biema (‘20, Film and Media Studies). It is supported by Films at the Whitney, the Yale MacMillan Center Council on African Studies, and the Department of the History of Art.