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From the democratically elected socialist government of Salvador Allende to the neoliberal experiment under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet – in the 1970s a divided world looked closely at Chile. The history of colonial exploitation and unequal economic standards is of course longer, and these remain pressing issues today. The wave of protests that began in Santiago in October 2019 achieved the establishment of a long-awaited reform process for the Chilean constitution.
To accompany the Umbrales exhibition the ifa Gallery Stuttgart and the 35th Filmwinter Stuttgart present a series of films in two short film programmes, entitled 'Voices of Change' and 'At a Distance', as well as Johannes Gierlinger's essayistic documentary film 'The Futures of the Past'.
This film series reflects on the scope of and opportunities for individual and collective action in our societies 'at the threshold', against the background of different local experiences with social crises, political protest and resistance.
Film Series Curated by Florian Wüst.
Ane Hjort Guttu, NO/SE 2014, 17'
'This Place is Every Place' consists of a staged dialogue between two young Swedish women of Middle Eastern origin. Their conversation takes place in Tensta, a suburb of Stockholm. The film studies the relationship between political and personal crises, pointing to a widespread lost faith in alternative social organization.
Ane Hjort Guttu, NO 2015, 47'
Damla is an art student who goes each day to beg on the streets alongside the Romá woman Bianca, with whom she develops a friendship. Her work starts as a performative art project, and is heavily discussed among her classmates and teachers at the Art Academy. Gradually, the situation develops into an ethical and political crisis for Damla.
Grace Passô, BR 2020, 16'
In 'República' (Republic), the house becomes a strange theater during the 2020 COVID-19 quarantine. Shot entirely at home in São Paulo's neighbourhood República, the film alludes to the lived experience of social distancing, and to the possibilty of making things 'public' again in a country operated by the necropolitics of its government.
The ifa Galleries show the visual arts, architecture and design of a globalized world. They have been addressing contemporary art and current cultural and socio-political developments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe since 1971 in Stuttgart and since 1991 in Berlin. Exhibition series afford insight into art scenes all over the world and reach across national borders. Conversations, lectures and discussions allow visitors direct contact with artists and curators.