Dhaka art summit: Moving pictures

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‘The videos are a kind of critique of those limits and limitations of documenting social, historical, artistic, and ethical struggles that are ongoing in Palestine’

A series of films on the Palestinian Liberation struggle, “Gaza on My Mind,” directed by cultural practitioners based in Gaza,  was screened  on the third day of the Dhaka Art Summit.

Curated by the Otolith group, the films bring real-life episodes of Gaza to celluloid. “The videos are a kind of critique of those limits and limitations of documenting social, historical, artistic, and ethical struggles that are ongoing in Palestine,” said Kodwo Eshun. The Otolith group which was founded in 2002 by Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun, who conduct research and work with moving images and audio, handling all aspects of the art, including performance, installation, and curation. 

Six films were screened as part of this exhibit. Although the films are very short in length they manage to capture the minds of the audience with every story’s solitary context. From the first film, ‘Bath Time,’ to the last one, ‘Light from Gaza,’ each film in its own way is referencing and reflecting the struggles. Live experiences that are captured in these films are presented through voice over commentary, slideshows, light, and sound.

The Otolith Group has curated a series of film installations based on temporality, which will be showcased from 1pm onwards at the auditorium on the third floor of the Shilpakala Academy. Relying heavily on found footage, each of these films depicts the struggles of minority groups in Europe, and how the echoes of the past resound into the future.