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The Land is the Living Witness
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A statue of an old man being carried through the sky by yellow ropes
Levitate, dir. Iván Argote, Italy / Spain / France 2023, 25 min., Spanish with English subtitles

How does land attest to colonial histories, liberation struggles and migration routes? These films consider the politics of space, and trace the journeys of people and objects across it.


Sunflower Siege Engine
Dir. Sky Hopinka, USA 2023, 13 min., English
Blending richly hued elemental shots with archive footage, this lyrical work traces the carceral history and nature of Indigenous reservations.

A Throwing Forth
Dir. Xiao Zhang, USA / China 2023, 6 min. Cantonese with English subtitles
Positioning home as a site of reflection, this piece explores memory and familial communion whilst taking delight in 16mm’s materiality.

Dir. Iván Argote, Italy / Spain / France 2023, 25 min., Spanish with English subtitles
Centring an ancient Egyptian obelisk displayed in Rome, this essay film challenges monuments of conquest that occupy public space.

Desert Dreaming
Dir. Abdul Halik Azeez, Sri Lanka 2022, 12 min., English, Tamil & Sinhala with English subtitles
Playful cut-and-paste digital collaging activates a dialogue on labour migration from Sri Lanka to Southwest Asia in the 1970s.

Dir. Nafis Fathollahzadeh, Germany / Iran 2023, 30 min., Kurdish with English subtitles
Acknowledging archaeology’s colonial, extractive register, this work imagines artefacts’ experience as they are displaced from Syria to a Berlin museum.

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