Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere

I. Postcards from Afar

Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere
I. Postcards from Afar
Streaming November 24–December 7, 2021

According to Serge Daney, postcards are portable images succeeding each other in which the world has been made flat. The postcards convey signs that mean “I was there, I thought of you, that’s what I have to say here and now.” The aerial view, the cathedral, the cityscape, the marketplace. Many are views that no longer exist. The images enter into complicity with the addressee beyond colonialist exoticism or political propaganda, closer to autoethnography, and offer affective and moral matrixes where the visual resists as a form of personal memory of lives ravaged by war and conflict. As Etel Adnan wrote: “I tell myself that we are terrorists, not terrorists in the political and ordinary sense of the word, but because we carry inside our bodies—like explosives—all the deep troubles that befall our countries. And traveling doesn’t change anything in any way.”

Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Ismyrna, 2016, 50 minutes
Wael NoureddineÇa sera beau (From Beyrouth with Love), 2005, 29 minutes
Jocelyne SaabImaginary Postcards, 2016, 6 minutes 
Hassan KhanBlind Ambition, 2012, 46 minutes 
Basma AlsharifOuroboros, 2017, 77 minutes

Postcards from Afar is the first of five chapters in Memories for Forgetfulness Elsewhere, an online film program curated by Irmgard Emmelhainz on e-flux Video & Film. The program streams in five thematic group screenings each two weeks long, and will be accompanied by two live discussions on February 2 and 15.

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Film, Colonialism & Imperialism, War & Conflict, Image
Video Art, Documentary, Middle East, Memory
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Irmgard Emmelhainz is an independent translator, writer, researcher, and lecturer based in Mexico City. Her book Jean-Luc Godard’s Political Filmmaking was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2019. The translated expanded version of The Tyranny of Common Sense: Mexico’s Neoliberal Conversion is coming out this fall with SUNY Press, and so is Toxic Loves, Impossible Futures: Feminist Lives as Resistance (Vanderbilt). She is a member of the SNCA in Mexico (National System for Arts Creators).

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