Katia Kameli: She Rekindled the Vividness of the Past
24 November 2019, 3 pm, Kunsthalle Münster Guided tour with the Director of the Kunsthalle Münster Merle Radtke
24 October, 6:30 pm / 4 November, 6:30 pm / 18 November, 9 pm, Cinema Münster Screening & (Re)Extending Algerian Memories. Film programme in dialogue with the exhibition „Katia Kameli: She Rekindled the Vividness of the Past“ at Kunsthalle Münster How to recount and represent individual and collective history and memories from below? How to bring together various stories (oral or written, with or without words, in proliferation or in absence of images) that goes far beyond (neo)colonial and dogmatic post-independent narrations? How to figure and to deconstruct forgotten, shattered or scattered memories in order to overpass the invisible? These are essential aspects and questions raised in Katia Kameli’s works. In her films, she interrelates the past, the present, Algeria and Europe and brings them together in a dialogue which is often tumultuous and at the same time, it is a demand for freedom that lasts for centuries as an open constellation of hopes, experiences and representations. The film programme is echoing with her solo exhibition “She Rekindled the Vividness of the Past” at the Kunsthalle Münster. The programme aims to create a discussion and a negotiation with the first chapter of Katia Kameli’s triptych “Le Roman Algérien” (The Algerian Novel) from and about Algeria, as those are perceived as a new approach of deconstruction, re-appropriation and reconfiguration of colonial and imperial archives (images, postcards, drawings) reflecting the same ambition found in the works of in Assia Djebar, Mohammed Zinet, Mohand Ali-Yahia, René Vautier or in Yann Le Masson & Olga Poliakof whose films will be displaying in our programme. The programme is curated by Olivier Hadouchi. Hadouchi is historian, researcher and film curator from Paris. He curated film programs for Museum Reina Sofía (Madrid), Bandits (Paris), Le Bal (Paris), ZdB (Lisbon), The Mosaic Rooms (London). He published books about film history of Algeria, Arabic and African countries during the 1960s. His writings are also published in critical magazine on cultures, geo-politics, society and history of European and non-European countries e.g. Third Text, CinémAction, Caiman. Hadouchi received his PhD at Paris Sorbonne III in 2012.
24 October 2019, 6:30 pm J’ai huit ans (I am eight years old), France, 1961, Yann le Masson & Olga Poliakoff, 9 min, OV with English subtitles The short film “J’ai huit ans” (I am eight years old) is a story told by Algerian children in Tunisian refugee camps during the 1960s.
Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès (To be 20 in the Aurès), France, 1972, René Vautier, 92 min, OV with English subtitles A former French soldier revisions his memories and experiences in Aurès during the Algerian war.
4 November 2019, 6:30 pm, Films screening + Lecture by Olivier Hadouchi (researcher and film curator, Paris) La Question (The Question), Algeria / GDR, 1961, Mohand Ali-Yahia, 14 min, OV with German subtitles The short movie by the Algerian film maker Mohand Ali-Yahia is inspired by the Frantz Fanon’s important psychoanalysis on trauma caused by tortures.
Le Roman Algérien. Chapitre un (The Algerian Novel. Chapter one), France/Algeria, 2016, Katia Kameli, 16 Min., OV with German subtitles Serving as a point of departure is a photo kiosk in the inner city of Algiers that basically functions as an open archive performing memory work on a day-today basis. The kiosk’s wall of pictures appears like a mosaic made up of individual fragments of Algerian history. Based on the kiosk the artist looks into the complex relationships of a nation to its history.
La Zerda ou les Chants de l’Oubli (Zerda or the Songs of Forgetting), Algeria / France, 1981, Assia Djebar & Malek Alloula, 64 min, OV with German subtitles “Zerda or the Songs of Forgetting” deals with the forgotten documents and images from the historical archive during the French colonial period in Algeria. Through the documents, Djebar and Alloula reconstructed and reimagined a picture of the country between 1912 and 1942.
18 November 2019, 9 pm Tahio Ya Didou (Long Live Didou), Algeria, 1971, Mohamed Zinet, 90 min, OV with English subtitles “Tahio Ya Didou” is a visual journey and invites the audience for a stroll through Algiers, the home town of the film maker Mohamed Zinet.
13 October 2019, 3 pm, Kunsthalle Münster Guided tour with the art historian Phuong Phan
14 September 2019, 2 pm, Kunsthalle Münster On the Traces of Colonialism. All about Remembrance Bike tour with the historian Philipp Erdmann, Stadtarchiv Münster A cooperation between Kunsthalle Münster and Stadtarchiv Münster. Departing from the exhibition “Katia Kameli: She Rekindled the Vividness of the Past” in the Kunsthalle Münster, we will explore Münster by bicycle. Where have traces of colonialism inscribed themselves into the cityscape, and how does today’s urban society deal with the colonial heritage? At the Kunsthalle, we will start out by looking at Kameli’s work “Trou de Mémoire” (2018), which negotiates an approach to the rewriting of history and its impact on present historiography. Afterwards, we will visit four selected spots (Traindenkmal, Alter Zoo Münster/the former Eulenhaus, Kettelerdenkmal, Schlossplatz/former Hindenburgplatz), and will benefit from the opportunity to talk about changes but also gaps in the city’s memory.
7 September 2019, 12 pm, Kunsthalle Münster Artist talk with Katia Kameli and Merle Radtke
6 September 2019, 7 pm, Kunsthalle Münster Opening of the exhibition
21 July 2019, 3 pm Artist talk with Christiane Blattmann and Oriane Durand, Artistic Director Dortmunder Kunstverein
3 July 2019, 6 pm William Joys: A One Man Show
A revue in which the artist William Joys personifies a range of objects that call into question the status of being oneself. What is it to objectify a subject: a solo performer, whilst ‘they’, or perhaps more appropriately ‘it’ are attempting to imbue objects with a sense of narrative and ‘life’? William Joys embodies a multiplicity of things: objects that might carry with them an illicit, an erotic and at times a complicit sense of purpose. Through a sequence of songs and tableaux: "I am a lighthouse“, "Ready for the world“, "Whitest walls in town“ and "Jack on the track“, the revue represents the performer’s slippery relationship to himself. Questioning identity is of course a basis for a continuous shift: It is up in the air and it lingers there. In light of the recent expansion of the notion of being “Queer”, as a potentially all-inclusive package, where a sense of self, of oneself, being absorbed into a community that is supposedly at odds with straightforward adventure, he imagines himself as something questionable, at times melancholic and always gay (as in joyful).
William Joys (b. 1989, lives and works in London) is a graduate from the BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths (2011) and the MA in performance at the Glasgow school of Art (2018). He is a founding member of Villa Design Group, exhibiting internationally, among others at MIT List Centre, Boston and MUMOK, Vienna. His recent performances include, Whitest Walls in Town, Performance Club at Raven Row, London, That perfect Italian time, Thankyou very much residency, The Modern Institute, Glasgow and Each to every ship, Damien & The Love Guru, Brussels.
8 March 2019, 6 pm Guided tour with the curator on International Women’s Day
3 March 2019, 3 pm Guests: And She Was Like: BÄM!
5 Februar 2019, 7 pm, Schloßtheater, Melchersstraße 81 !W.A.R. Women Art Revolution, USA 2010, Lynn Hershman Leeson, 83 min., original version For over forty years, Director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures. !Women Art Revolution elaborates the relationship of the Feminist Art Movement to the 1960s anti-war and civil rights movements and explains how historical events, such as the all-male protest exhibition against the invasion of Cambodia, sparked the first of many feminist actions against major cultural institutions. The film details major developments in women’s art of the 1970s, including the first feminist art education programs, political organizations and protests, alternative art spaces such as the A.I.R. Gallery and Franklin Furnace in New York and the Los Angeles Women’s Building, publications such as Chrysalis and Heresies, and landmark exhibitions, performances, and installations of public art that changed the entire direction of art. www.youtube.com Schloßtheater, Kanonierplatz / Melchersstraße 81, 48149 Münster
15 January 2019, 6 pm, Kunstakademie Münster, Leonardo-Campus 2 Lecture by Dr. Mithu M. Sanyal
16 December 2018, 3 pm Guided tour with the curator