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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.
Johannes Gierlinger, AT 2021, 98'
'Die vergangenen Zukünfte' ('Futures of the past') is a political and poetic reflection on the nature and effects of revolutions. An exemplary starting point for this essaystic film is the March Revolution of 1848 in Vienna. What remains of a revolution? When is it considered to have failed and when and how are its achievements manifested?
Followed by audience discussion with Johannes Gierlinger and Florian Wüst.
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.