Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

One day seminar on self-organisation and critical image production as strategies to resist occupation and colonialism

This is a one day seminar, with Elizabeth Povinelli, Amit Gilutz and Rima Essa, on self-organisation and critical image production as strategies to resist occupation and colonialism

The seminar is part of the seminar series “Moving Images as an artistic practice” organised by Petra Bauer and Kajsa Dahlberg.

For this seminar we have brought together three thinkers, theorists, activists and image makers – Elizabeth Povinelli, Amit Gilutz and Rima Essa – to engage with us in a critical discussion on today’s political, social and environmental realities, and to think together around the possibility of image production as an emancipatory and anti-colonial/anti-occupation strategy.

Taking the practices of the Karrabing Film Collective and the activist camera project by the human rights organisation B’Tselem as a point of departure, we will discuss the role of so called self-organized images as practices aimed to contest political narratives that legitimize unjust powers and their destructive forces, as well as these films’ potential in imagining ways out of oppressive political situations.

It will be a day with presentations, discussions and screenings of films made by the Karrabing Film Collective and B’Tselem’s camera project.

Welcome to join us!

The Karrabing Film Collective is an indigenous media group based in Australia’s Northern Territories that uses filmmaking and installation as a form of grassroots resistance and self-organization.

Elizabeth A. Povinelli is Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University. Her writing is focused on developing a critical theory of late liberalism that supports an anthropology of the otherwise. Informed primarily by settler colonial theory, pragmatism and critical theory. This potential theory of the otherwise has unfolded primarily from within a sustained relationship with her Indigenous Karrabing colleagues in north Australia and across five books, numerous essays, and six films with the Karrabing Film Collective.

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories strives to end Israel’s occupation, recognizing that this is the only way to achieve a future that ensures human rights, democracy, liberty and equality to all people, Palestinian and Israeli alike, living on the bit of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. B’Tselem means that various political routes can bring about this future, and while they claim that it is not B’Tselem’s role to choose among them, they state firmly that continued occupation is not an option. In 2006 B’Tselem launched the camera project which was initially intended to document violations against palestinians in the occupied territories, and that could potentially

be used in the courts. Since then the camera project has developed and taken new forms and meanings.

Rima Essa is the Camera Project Coordinator at B’Tselem, where she has contributed her expertise in film since 2016. Rima graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem in 2003. She is an activist and filmmaker focused on the Palestinian context. Her award-winning films include Under the Blue Sky(2005), The Garbage Cage (2006), My Name Is Ahlam (2010), Ashes (2011), and Train Rails (2012). Rima’s work has been screened at many Film Festivals around the world.

Amit Gilutz is the spokesperson of B’Tselem בצלם بتسيلم. Before joining B’Tselem, Amit studied music composition in Jerusalem, Ithaca and New York, particularly examining music’s ability to participate in the practice of social justice. Since joining B’Tselem in fall 2016, Amit has contributed his expert ear and voice to maximizing the public impact of B’Tselem’s latest research and analysis. Born in Be’er-Sheva, Amit graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a doctorate in music composition.

Start Time: 2019-04-15 10:00
End Time: 2019-04-15 18:00