Screening: Ciné-Sahra

a person crouched down in an arid landscape
Still from And still, it remains (2021) by Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah
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Join us for an evening reflecting on themes emerging within Hamid Zénati’s exhibition, Two Steps at a Time.

We will be hosting a film programme, Ciné-Sahra, featuring Memories of an Unborn Sun (2024) by Marcel Mrejen, Galb'Echaouf (2021) by Abdessamad el Montassir and And still, it remains (2021) by Arwa Aburawa and Turab Shah. The films featured explore colonial violence in the Sahara and the resistance rooted in this environment and will be briefly introduced by Emma Bouraba.

Ciné-Sahra is a project curated by Emma Bouraba and Abiba Coulibaly dedicated to sharing films from the breadth of the Saharan region, exploring the intermediary and often obscured space as a site of social, environmental and narrative pluralism through contemporary, archival, and artists’ film.

The screening will be followed by a devotional vocal performance with Assia Ghendir in response to the natural forms, textures and designs that inspired Zénati’s 'all-over' style. Please note a separate ticket is required for the screening and performance.

This event is organised in partnership with The Mosaic Rooms, London, on the occasion of their archival survey exhibition, Performing Colonial Toxicity by Samia Henni, that documents France’s secret nuclear programme in Algeria during and after the Algerian Revolution (1954-62).

Emma Bouraba is an Algerian-French film programmer based in London. Her research interest lies at the intersection of politically engaged documentaries and the experimental form.

Abiba Coulibaly is a film programmer with a background in critical geography, interested in exploring the intersection between ethics and aesthetics.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.


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This Performance will be held in The Space.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

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