Double screening and discussion: Marwa Arsanios and Nele Wohlatz

Double screening and discussion: Marwa Arsanios and Nele Wohlatz

Nele Wohlatz, The Future Perfect (still), 2016.

Aesthetics of Resistance

Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art

Double screening and discussion: Marwa Arsanios and Nele Wohlatz

Admission starts at $5

February 25, 2023, 5pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Saturday, February 25 at 5pm for a screening of Nele Wohlatz’s The Future Perfect (2016), and Marwa Arsanios’s Amateurs, Stars and Extras or The Labor of Love (2019), and a hybrid post-screening discussion with the artists.

This double screening playfully explores linguistic and filmic ways in which care and solidarity can be manifested. Both films featured in this program offer distinct perspectives on the complexities of self-identity and resistance within minor collectives (film extras, immigrants, migrant workers) exposed to institutional and cultural barriers within the dominant economic system.

This screening constitutes the second event of event of “Communities, Labor, and Class Relations,” the third chapter of the four-part series Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art taking place at e-flux Screening Room in monthly chapters between December 2022 and March 2023. Read more on the series here.

Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art is produced and organized by e-flux; with the support of the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films.

Marwa Arsanios, Amateurs, Stars and Extras or The Labor of Love (2019, 25 minutes) 
At a remove from cinema’s and television’s alluring veneer, there exists an exploited class of worker—relegated to the margins or hidden behind the scenes. In Amateurs, Stars and Extras or The Labor of Love, Arsanios furnishes us with an inversion of this dynamic in which she casts “amateurs” and “extras” in the roles of central characters. And like them, a group of domestic workers, whose care-work is often rendered invisible, is also brought to the fore to become central to the project. In Amateurs, Stars and Extras, migrant workers—most of them women of color—come to embody something beyond displacement or exploitation as subtle but no less trenchant forms of resisting the performance of labor are proffered. (Tendai John Mutambu)

Nele Wohlatz, The Future Perfect (2016, 65 minutes)
Awarded Best First Feature at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2016, The Future Perfect explores fractured relationships within class, culture, and language. Xiaobin is 17 years old and does not speak a single word of Spanish when she arrives in Argentina. But a few days later, she already has a new name, Beatriz, and a job in a Chinese supermarket. Her family lives in a parallel world in a launderette, far removed from the Argentinians. Xiaobin secretly saves money and enrolls at a language school. She tries out in the street what she learns there. After having learned how to “make appointments,” she arranges to meet a supermarket customer, Vijay. He comes from India, and although they can barely communicate with each other, they start a secret romance. And when she practices the condicional, the form of possibility, Xiaobin starts thinking about the future. What would happen if her parents learned about Vijay? The more she masters the Spanish language, the more she interferes in the scenario.

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Marwa Arsanios is an artist, filmmaker, and researcher who reconsiders the politics of the mid-twentieth century from a contemporary perspective, with a particular focus on gender relations, urbanism, and industrialization. She approaches research collaboratively and seeks to work across disciplines. She is cofounder of 98weeks Research Project, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Akademie der bildenden Kunst in Vienna.

Nele Wohlatz (1982, Germany) studied scenography and philosophy at the University of Applied Arts Karlsruhe and film at the University Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, where she has been living since 2009. Her films have been shown at festivals such as Locarno, IFFR, Viennale, Mar del Plata International Film Festival and institutions such as the Lincoln Center, New York and MoMA. Her solo feature debut The Future Perfect won multiple awards and was invited to more than seventy international film festivals. In 2020, she was a resident at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles and a guest teacher at the University of Fine Arts of Hamburg. Wohlatz has received support from the Hubert Bals Fund for development.

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