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The Archives of Anticolonialism

The Archives of Anticolonialism project explores artistic practices that revitalize forgotten, forbidden, and ignored film archives related to the fight against colonial rule and the afterlife of the independence movements in the former Third World. Through artworks that assemble and mobilize materials once constitutive to anti-colonial struggles across the globe, the series aims to provide new perspectives on the possibilities through which cinema and media could contribute to political struggles as well as on today’s postcolonial condition in the wake of the failures, hopes, and desires mobilized by those endeavours. The project aims at creating a space where cultural workers present, discuss, and exchange experiences about their practices. Accordingly, it will explore the potentialities of a number of research initiatives and archival practices, so as to discuss their ability to nurture new political imaginaries, at same time renegotiating the legacies of the past and providing different horizons for the future.

This series is part of The Politics of Alternative Media (PAM), a year-long project conceived as a series of workshops, screenings, and lectures organized by a collective of researchers, artists, and curators gathered around la lumière collective, Concordia University’s Global Emergent Media Lab, and Feminist Media Studio. It aims to foster the exchange of ideas about grassroots, non-commercial and emancipatory practices using media as instruments of mobilization, empowerment, and community building. As an effort to counter the intensified reconfigurations of media landscape according to neoliberal logics, the project advocates forms of media cultures accessible to everyone and simultaneously invests in reimagining alternative media formations. PAM is curated by Giuseppe Fidotta, Sima Kokotovic, and Sanaz Sohrabi.

  • “Restoring Solidarity: Tokyo Palestine Film Reels,” a workshop with Mohanad Yaqubi, November 7, 2018 - 6pm @GEM Lab

  • Mohanad Yaqubi, Off-Frame screening, November 8, 2018 - 8pm @lalumiere

More will be announced soon

- Sanaz Sohrabi

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