4th edition of Encounters Beyond History: Luta ca caba inda—An archive in relation

4th edition of Encounters Beyond History: Luta ca caba inda—An archive in relation

José de Guimarães International Arts Centre (CIAJG)

Filipa César, Luta ca caba inda reels, 2012.
December 6, 2015
4th edition of Encounters Beyond History: Luta ca caba inda—An archive in relation

December 10, 2015, 6–8pm
December 11–12, 10am–8pm

José de Guimarães International Arts Centre (CIAJG)


Curators: Filipa César, Tobias Hering

The 4th Edition of Encounters Beyond History borrows its title from an unfinished film stored in an archive in Bissau. Luta ca caba inda (The struggle is not over yet) was conceived as a documentary film on post-independence Guinea-Bissau, but was abandoned in the editing process in 1980. It nevertheless testifies to a decade of collective and internationally connected cinema praxis in the country, as part of the people’s struggle for independence from Portuguese colonialism (1963–74) and subsequent nation-building.

The fragmentary remains of this praxis archived at the Instituto Nacional de Cinema e Audiovisual (INCA) in Bissau—finished and unfinished Guinean films, audio recordings, and film prints donated by countries that supported the struggle—now become subject matter for a cine-archeology. In 2012, in collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N’Hada, Flora Gomes and Suleimane Biai, and with institutional support from Arsenal-Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin), artist Filipa César and curator Tobias Hering embarked on a long-term project aimed at re-accessing this archive. Its peculiar state, suspended between ruination and work-in-progress, activates questions about past promises and their contemporary pertinence. In the course of the Luta ca caba inda project, a series of discursive events and public screenings have been dedicated to activating the potencies of this archive.

4th Encounters Beyond History: Luta ca caba inda—An Archive in Relation brings together artists, writers and researchers whose work has contributed to outline a critical field to approach these documents under today’s post-colonial condition. The concept for this international encounter is informed by Edouard Glissant’s notion of relation—the pathways of exchange that are never one-way and whose meaning is rarely unequivocal, establishing bonds that are independent of genealogy and origin but rather promote empathic connections.

Jean-Pierre Bekolo (filmmaker, Yaoundé)
Sónia Borges (historian, PhD candidate, Lisbon, Berlin)
Wladimir de Brito (lawyer, Guimarães)
Anselm Franke (curator, artistic director, HKW, Berlin)
Nuno Faria (curator, artistic director CIAJG, Guimarães, Lisbon)
Louis Henderson (artist, Paris, London)
Grada Kilomba (psychologist, writer, artist, Berlin)
Catarina Laranjeiro (historian, PhD candidate, Lisbon, Berlin)
Patrícia Leal (artist and filmmaker, Lisbon)
Olivier Marboeuf (curator, producer, artistic director, Khiasma, Paris)
Sana na N’Hada (filmmaker, Bissau)
Yonamine (artist, Berlin)
Ala Younis (curator and artist, Amman)

December 10:
Nuno Faria

Filipa César, Tobias Hering
Introduction: Materialities

O regresso de Amílcar Cabral, 1976 (UK, Sweden)
Directed by Sana na N’Hada

December 11:
Tobias Hering
Introduction: Geographies

Olivier Marboeuf
“An ecology of darkness: Performative Transmission of Political Archives, Between Secret, Shield and Trickery”
Patricia Leal
“Casa dos Estudantes do Império: An Unexpected Antechamber of the African Liberation Movements”

Lunch break

Jean-Pierre Bekolo
“Cutting the Nimbus of ‘Unedited Footage’”

Louis Henderson
“Compost in the Créole Garden: The Archive as a Multispecies Assemblage”

Coffee break

Wladimir de Brito
“Film as evidence?”

Closing discussion, Day One

Fanado, 1984 (GB)
Directed by Sana na N’Hada
December 12:
Filipa César
Introduction: Forces

Anselm Franke
“The Frontiers of Modernity Enrol Its Others: Thoughts on Epistemology and Emancipation”

Sónia Vaz Borges
“Nós Vamos Construir—We are Going to Build”

Lunch break

Grada Kilomba
“Decolonizing Knowledge”

Ala Younis
“Duplications and Contradictions in the Past of a Temporal Universe”

Coffee break

Catarina Laranjeiro
“African commandos: The Inability to Look At the Past”


Closing discussion, Day Two

Free registration, subject to the room’s maximum capacity. Registration may be made in person at the José de Guimarães International Centre for the Arts or by downloading the online form from the site www.ciajg.pt, which should be sent to: [email protected].

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