Duncan Campbell has taken Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) as both source and artefact, to pursue a meditation on the life, death and value of objects. It for Others is a social and historical examination of cultural imperialism and commodity. Marker and Resnais’ film connects the death of statues to the commercialisation of African art, arguing that colonialism compelled African art to appeal to Western consumers. Campbell expands these ideas into a segmented essay-film that includes sections on African art, footage of contemporary commodities, and a performance made in collaboration with Michael Clark Company that seeks to illustrate the principle of exchange value. This event includes a screening of Chris Marker and Alain Resnais 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi.
We are delighted to welcome Duncan Campbell in person to introduce and discuss the films. The screening is part of the Festival’s Postcolonial Cinema Weekend, which explores the complex histories and material traces of past colonial inequalities through contemporary filmmaking.
Campbell’s film works blend archive footage and documentary material with fictional elements. It for Others was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013 as part of Scotland + Venice. Other recent solo exhibitions include the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Artist’s Space, New York; Tramway, Glasgow; Chisenhale Gallery, London and Tate Britain, London.
Curated by AV Festival. Regional Premiere.
Sat 8 March 2014, 5pm
Newcastle NE1 2NP
Title: Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die)
Directors: Chris Marker, Alain Resnais
Language: French with English subtitles
Title: It for Others
Director: Duncan Campbell
Runtime: 50 min
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