Mémorial Modibo Keïta

Commissaires / Curators : Beyond Entropy – Paula Nascimento & Stefano Rabolli

This series of short films investigates the legacy of colonialism in Portuguese-speaking African countries : Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, and São Tomé and Príncipe. By com- paring the architecture of these different African republics, the films question the various ways in which modernity was developed, absorbed and sometimes rejected depending on the location. By charting the influence of Portuguese imperialism on postcolonial discourses concerning the development of modern nation states in lusophone Africa, Ilha de São Jorge reveals how architecture and built environments embody both shared and locally-specific cultural histories.

With the video Uma Cabana (2014), Suleimane Biai and Filipa César imagine the construction of a building as an experience and ritual for the articulation of memory and its inscription in the present social and political context of Guinea-Bissau. The film Concrete Affection (2014) by Kiluanji Kia Henda is inspired by the Polish writer’s Ryszard Kapuściński’s 1975 book Another Day of Life. Kia Henda investigates the emptiness of the city after the departure of the Portuguese, bringing into limelight the unique architecture of Luanda, Angola. The video by Monica de Miranda entitled Hotel Globo (2014) tells the story of the Angolan diaspora while focusing on a Modernist hotel in the centre of Luanda. With Mionga House (2014), artists Kwame Sousa and René Tavares explore the characteristics of the community of the southern island of São Tomé. Irineu Destourelles’s video New Words for Mindelo’s Urban Creole (2014) seeks to develop the relationship between the constantly evolving socio-cultural matrix, the built heritage and organization of the contemporary urban fab- ric in the city of Mindelo, Cape Verde. The films composing Journey to The Centre of Capricorn by Filipe Branquinho, Tiago Correia-Paulo and Rui Tenreiro propose a poetic and surreal reading of colonial and contemporary architecture in the city of Maputo, Mozambique.

The screening includes films by Suleimane Biai & Filipa César, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Tiago Correia-Pau- lo & Rui Tenreiro, Irineu Destourelles, Monica de Miranda, René Tavares, Filipe Branquinho, and Tiago Correia-Paulo and Rui Tenreiro.

Institut Français
Ministère de la Culture de l’Artisanat et du Tourisme du Mali