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LONDON E1: Film of speeches - Césaire, Glissant, Darwish and others | 05-May-12

Bouchra Khalili at The Wapping Project

There will be a screening of work by French-Moroccan video artist Bouchra Khalili, which will include a film of speeches by Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant, Mahmoud Darwish on 18 May at 7.30pm at The Wapping Project.

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station
Waping Wall
London E1W 3SG
00 44 207 680 2080
Wapping Overground / Shadwell DLR / Buses: D3 & 100

18 May 2012  


Screening and Q&A

Programme of the screening:

Speeches: Aimé Césaire. 2012. 3'30
Speeches: Abdelkrim Al Khattabi. 2012. 4'30
Speeches: Malcolm X. 2012. 6'
Speeches: Edouard Glissant. 2012. 4'
Speeches: Mahmoud Darwish. 2012. 3'30
Mapping Journey #1. 2008. 4'30
Mapping Journey #3. 2009. 3'30
Mapping Journey #4. 2010. 4'
Mapping Journey #5. 2010. 11'
Mapping Journey #7. 2011. 6'

Straight Stories - Part 2: ANYA. 2008. 12'

Publicity material for this event says:

The Wapping Project is very pleased to announce a very special screening of work by renowned French-Moroccan video artist Bouchra Khalili on 18 May at 7.30pm.

This is a unique opportunity to see a selection of her new and recent films. Speeches (2012) will be screened in London for the first time.

Khalili's work explores the Mediterranean area seen as a territory dedicated to a wandering, nomadic existence. She documents the places she passes through, their images and the images they generate. Bordering cinema and the visual arts, documentary and fiction, her work tests the visual and conceptual limits of these media.

Don't miss a wonderful opportunity to see this unique artist's work, and to join us all for a drink at the bar afterwards.

Tickets cost £5 and booking is essential: please RSVP to or

The visit was made possible with the support from Institut Francais.

Speeches is a video-installation built around 5 single channel videos produced in 2012 (Here presented as a sequence of 5 single-screen pieces). Bouchra Khalili collaborated with five exiled people based in Paris and its outskirts, asking them to translate, learn, and 're-tell' fragments of major texts from political thought and modern contemporary culture written by Malcom X, Abdelkrim El Khattabi, Édouard Glissant, Aimé Césaire, and Mahmoud Darwish. Each of the texts is said in the speaker's mother tongue, including their unwritten dialects spanning from Moroccan Arabic to Dari from Afghanistan, Malinke from Mali to Kabyl from Algeria, and Wolof from Senegal. Each speaker tells these words in her/his familiar environment: at home or at work. Through this translation and its inherently oral nature, this process of 'Créolisation' attempts a movement of re-incarnation through the languages of those in whom the words, the presence, and the thoughts remains mainly invisible.

The Mapping Journey Project, produced between 2008 and 2011, consists of 8 single channel videos, and 8 silk screen prints, which form the series called "The Constellations". The Mapping Journey Project aims to "map" an alternative cartography of the Mediterranean area, based on 8 clandestine journeys. These drifts match those of the artist, who travelled from Marseille to Ramallah, from Bari to Rome, from Rome to Barcelona and from Barcelona to Istanbul. Based on the confrontation between singular paths and the normativity of cartography, the project focuses on a "counter-cartography" based on gesture, drawing, and speech. In conducting this dual geographic and political exploration, Bouchra Khalili used real political maps of the Mediterranean, and asked undocumented immigrants to draw their illegal journeys directly onto these maps, to make apparent the alternative geography that these journeys generate. Reflecting on the confrontation between geography and the singular path of minorities also allowed the artist to raise the following questions: Is cartography able to generate narratives? Can the map also be, literally, the page on which a story can be written? Can this story be read as a territory?

Straight Stories is a body of work about modern nomads - a video project divided into four parts. Here only one piece - Part 2: ANYA is going to be shown. The pieces were created in locations that beyond being cultural and territorial borders are waiting rooms for refugees - the shorelines of the narrow waterways separating Europe and Africa, and Asia and Europe.. Khalili's camera moves in slow motion through cities and landscapes void of all signs of human life, while the audio reveals the stories - Anya's, an Iraqi woman, whose dream of obtaining a visa for Australia becomes a reality after twelve years. Khalili's camera never seems to dock or disembark. Instead, it traces a seemingly endless architecture of transit and transience: ferry terminals, boat stations, customs houses, boardwalks, gates and fences.

Bouchra Khalili (born in Casablanca, based in Paris) studied cinema at the Sorbonne Nouvelle and Fine Arts at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts de Paris-Cergy. Khalili exhibited internationally since 2002. Recent exhibitions include Mapping Subjectivity at MoMA (2011); the tenth Sharjah Biennial (2011); You Have Been There at Marian Goodman Gallery (New York and Paris, 2011); Meeting Points (2011); and Surveillé(e)s (2011) among others. In 2012, she will inaugurate the Center for Art in Tarragona with a solo exhibition, participate in the eighteenth Sydney Biennial, and live in Berlin as the recipient of the DAAD-Artist in Berlin Award.

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