Public Lecture 'Landscapes of Resistance' by Marta Popivoda - 21 september 2022

woensdag 21 september 2022, 19:30 - 20:30 uur
Nederlandse Filmacademie
Markenplein 1
1011 MV Amsterdam

Wednesday 21 September, 19:30
Netherlands Film Academy (Cinema on the 2nd floor)

We invite you to join our public lecture Landscapes of Resistance by Marta Popivoda on the 21st of September at 19:30.

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Marta Popivoda is a filmmaker, artist and researcher living and working between Belgrade and Berlin. The main concerns in her work are the tensions between memory, history, and ideology, as well as the relations between collective and individual bodies. Popivoda approaches them from a feminist and queer perspective.

For many years, Popivoda has been specifically interested in the antifascist and feminist potentialities of the Yugoslav socialist project. In her recent work, she uses landscape dramaturgy, feminist storytelling and radical slowness principles to produce verbal-images or scenes of (antifascist) memory.

Her second feature-length experimental documentary Landscapes of Resistance (95’, 2021) which premiered last year in the Tiger Competition of the IFFR traces a journey through the memories of antifascist fighter Sonja (97), one of the first women Partisans in Yugoslavia, who was also among the leaders of the Resistance movement at Auschwitz. The film makes her story travel through time towards the bodies of a new generation of antifascists, suggesting that it is always possible to think and practice resistance.

How can a landscape speak?
It’s like wondering whether the grass, the crickets,
or the pond are only a backdrop of events,
or whether they are participants of events,
with their shadows, depths, sounds,
waiting to become the narrators?

In the talk after the film Marta Popivoda will discuss politics and perspectives of landscape and slow cinema trough the less of her own artistic research and cinematic practice.

About Marta Popivoda

Marta Popivoda is a filmmaker, artist, and researcher. Her first feature documentary, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, premiered at the 63rd Berlinale and was later screened at many international film festivals. The film is part of the collection of MoMA New York and is featured in What Is Contemporary Art?, MoMA's online course about contemporary art from 1980 to the present. Popivoda's work has been featured in major art galleries, such as Tate Modern London, MoMA New York, MAXXI Rome, M HKA Antwerp, Museum of Modern Art + MSUM Ljubljana, etc. She received the prestigious Berlin Art Prize for the visual arts by Akademie der Künste Berlin and Edith-Russ-Haus Award for Emerging Media Artist. Her latest feature documentary, Landscapes of Resistance, premiered in the Tiger Competition of the 50th IFFR, was presented at more than 30 major film festivals, and has won more than ten awards.

Currently, her work is presented at the 12th Berlin Biennale and Manifesta 14 Biennal. She regularly teaches film at SNDO, AHK in Amsterdam, and Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Popivoda cherishes collective practice in artmaking and research, and for many years she was part of the Teorija koja Hoda / Walking Theory collective. Today, she often collaborates with theorist and dramaturge Ana Vujanović in the production of films, video installations, and performances.