For the third IAC Art Film Club we present films by Salomé Lamas.
The military invasion of Ukraine, 24th of February this year has in the most brutal way actualized questions about Russian colonialism. This is just one of the many reasons to look again at the experimental documentary ‘Extinction’ from 2018 by Portuguese director and artist Salomé Lamas. For the fourth IAC Art Film Club later on in May we will also present two short films by Lamas, ‘Hotel Royal’ (2021) and ‘Extraction: The Raft of the Medusa’ (2019).
Date: Wednesday, 20 April, 18.00-20.00
Registration: To join the meetings you need to register at firstname.lastname@example.org and there will be room for max 15 attendees at each occasion. No entrance fee.
Location: Black Room, IAC, Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö, 4th floor
Extinction (2018, 2:39)
Extinction is an eclectic patchwork of materials (fiction and nonfiction) led by Kolya, who is of Moldovan nationality, but declares himself a national of Transnistria. Fragments draw the viewer to the collective imaginary of the Soviet Union. The film aims to make an abstract comment on Vladimir Putin’s latest political stands of “war without war, occupation without occupation.”
In a fertile occupation of ‘no man’s land’, Lamas refers to her work as critical media practice parafictions. Rather than conventionally dwelling in the periphery between cinema and the visual arts, fiction and documentary, Lamas has been attempting to make these languages her own, treading new paths in form and content, challenging the conventional methods of film production, modes of exhibition and the lines between various filmic and artistic forms of aesthetic expression.
These works of modified ethnography show an interest in the intrinsic relationship between storytelling, memory, and history, while using the moving image to explore the traumatically repressed, seemingly unrepresentable, or historically invisible, from the horrors of colonial violence to the landscapes of global capital.
Photo: cropped image from “Extinction”.