Each month a guest curator presents a piece of (film)art , made by a new or relatively unknown filmmaker, with both poetic and political qualities. Joris Ivens was a political filmmaker and a poetic filmmaker altogether.. "What all my films have in common is that people are moved by something. Moved by their desire for freedom, moved by water, moved by the wind. I don't think there is any difference between Ivens filming the wind or Ivens filming revolutions," said Ivens himself in 1976. In light of this thought, we created this space for (film)artists working in the field of “Politics and Poetry”. Even though we will work with different curators each month, please feel free to suggest your own film or piece of art. You can also present yourself as a curator if you consider a film or piece of art relevant to the theme of “Politics and Poetry” and hence warrant more critical attention.

Name curator: André Dias
Name artist: Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias
Title of the work you have chosen: AOPÇÃO OU AS ROSAS DA ESTRADA
Year of production: 1981
Format: 35mm

Interview with curator André Dias about this selection will follow as soon as possible....

Read more: may2016:AOpção ou As Rosas da Estrada (Ozualdo Ribeiro Candeias) Curator: André Dias

Name curator: José Sarmiento and Mónica Delgado
Name artist: Paula Gaitan
Title of the work you have chosen: UAKA
English title: UAKA
Year of production: 1988
Format: 35mm

No subtitles (on purpose....) 

Read more: Jun2016: UAKA (Paula Gaitan) Curator: José Sarmiento and Mónica Delgado

Name curator: Dick Smits
Name artist: George Franju
Title of the work you have chosen: Le sang des bêtes
English title: Blood of the Beasts
Year of production: 1949
Format: 4:3

Watch 'Le sang des bêtes' here, narrated in English.

Read more: Jul 2016:Le sang des bêtes (George Franju) Curator:Dick Smits

Because of hollidays there was no PandP selection in August

Name curator: Pedro Tavares
Name artist: Laura Waddington
Title of the work you have chosen: Border
English title: Border
Year of production: 2004
Format: 27 min. Digibeta PAL, Colour, Stereo

Read down here the interview with the curator Pedro Mota Tavares about his selection

Read more: Sep 2016:Border (Laura Waddington) Curator:Pedro Tavares

Name curator: TONI D'ANGELA
Title of the work you have chosen: CALGON
English title: CALGON
Year of production: 2014
Format: 16mm to Digital

Down here a letter from the filmmakers ánd an interview with the curator Toni D'angela (in French)

Read more: Oct 2016:PandP Oct2016: Calgon (Stephanie Wuertz & Sasha Janerus) Curator: Toni D'angela

Name curator: Sylvain George
Name artist: Ken Jacobs
Title of the work you have chosen: « Capitalism : slavery »
English title: « Capitalism : slavery »
Year of production: 2006
Format: digital

The interview with the curator of this film Sylvian George will be available soon:

Read more: NOV2016: Capitalism:Slavery (Ken Jacobs) Curator: Sylvian George

Name curator: Paul Douglas Grant
Name artist: Nick Deocampo
Title of the work you have chosen: Oliver
Year of production: 1983
Format: Super 8

Down here, you can read the interview with the curator of this film, Paul Douglas Grant:

Read more: DEC2016: Oliver (Nick Deocampo), Curator: Paul Douglas Grant

Name curator: Mei Yang
Title of the work you have chosen: “Wo sui siqu”
Name filmmaker: Hu Jie
English title: “Though I am Gone”
Year of production: 2006
Format: digital video

This month we have a long film at our Politics and Poetry page: 'Though I am Gone', selected by Mei Yang assistant Professor of Chinese, University of San Diego. Curators from all over the world have selected films from everywhere and we are glad to screen the first Chinese production now. Please watch this film, thank you!  

Read more: Dec2015:Wo sui siqu (Hu Jie) Curator: Mei Yang

Name Curators: Caroline Kennedy-Pipe/ James I. Rogers
Title of the work you have chosen: Fragments
Year of production: 2006
Format: Sculpture

This month we have two curators. The interesting fact is that one of the curators is also involved in another Politics and Poetry project. So we are very glad to have this opportunity to share ideas.They selected a picture of a sculpture of the artist Steinunn Thórarinsdóttir called 'Fragments'. Contrary to what we normally do with the curators, there is no interview this time about their selection, but they entered an article about the work and ideas behind it. So please read their interesting thougts about 'Fragments' and their ideas about art, politics and war.  

Read more: Nov2015:Fragments (S.Thórarinsdóttir) Curator: C.Kennedy-Pipe/ J.I. Rogers

Curator:  Manuel Toledo Otaegui
Name artist: Felipe Egaña
Title of the work you have chosen: El Elefante Blanco
English title: The white elephant
Year of production: 2010
Format: HD Video

We got in contact with Manuel Toledo Otaegui because of his work for the ARQFILMFEST in Chile, and they were interested to screen a few films of Ivens there. In return, we asked him to select a film for our Politics and Poetry page and he selected 'The white elephant'. We are very thankfull for the cooperation. Please read the interview below for the backgrounds and watch the film here.

Read more: Oct2015: El Elefante Blanco (Felipe Egaña) Curator: Manuel Toledo Otaegui

Curator:  Bert Hogenkamp
Name artist: Pim Zwier
Title of the work you have chosen: Alles was irgendwie nützt
English title: All what is somehow usefull
Year of production: 2014
Format: HD Video

In September our board member and Dutch film historian Bert Hogenkamp selected 'All what is somehow usefull', made by Pim Zwier (also from the Netherlands). The film was screened at many filmfestivals and Pim Zwier gave us permission to screen the film in September 2015. Now, you can see the trailer here.

Read more: Sep2015: All what is somehow usefull (Pim Zwier) Curator: Bert Hogenkamp



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