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Eric Baudelaire: Film screening and discussion

Film screening and discussion between Eric Baudelaire and Kim West

Time: Tuesday, 27 November 2012, 6.30 pm

Place: The Project Room, Iaspis, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Maria skolgata 83, 2nd floor, Stockholm
The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years without Images (2011, 66 min.) by Eric Baudelaire is a film about political engagement and filmmaking, about exile and what it is like to grow up with ever changing identities and about memories and what the effect the lack of images can have in people’s lives. The film will be followed by a conversation between the artist and Kim West.


Who are May and Fusako Shigenobu? Fusako — leader of an extremist left-wing faction, the Japanese Red Army, involved in a number of terrorist operations — has been in hiding in Beirut for almost 30 years. May, her daughter, born in Lebanon, only discovered Japan at the age of twentyseven,after her mother’s arrest in 2000. And Masao Adachi? A screenwriter and radical activist filmmaker, committed to armed struggle and the Palestinian cause, was also underground in Lebanon
for several decades before being sent back to his native country. In his years as a film director, he had been one of the instigators of a ‘theory of landscape’ — fukeiron: through filming landscapes, Adachi sought to reveal the structures of oppression that underpin and perpetuate the political system.

Anabasis? The name given, since Xenophon, to wandering, circuitous homeward journeys. It is this complicated, dark, and always suspenseful story that Eric Baudelaire — an artist renowned for using photography as a means of questioning the staging of reality — chose to bring forth using the documentary format. Filmed on Super 8 mm, and in the manner of fukeiron, contemporary panoramas of Tokyo and Beirut are blended in with archival footage, TV clips and film excerpts as backdrop for May and Adachi’s voices and memories. They speak of everyday life, of being a little girl in hiding, of exile, politics and cinema, and their fascinating overlap. All of which adds up not so much to an enquiry as a fragmented anamnesis.
Jean-Pierre Rehm (from the FID Marseille catalog)

Eric Baudelaire is a French visual artist and filmmaker. In 2012 he participated in La Triennale / Intense Proximity, Paris (cur. Okwui Enwezor), A Blind Spot / Documentary Forum II, Berlin (cur. Catherine David), The Taipei Biennial (cur. Anselm Franke), and the Baltic Triennial at the CAC Vilnius (cur. Defne Ayas and Ben Cook). Recent solo exhibitions include Gasworks, London, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, Elizabeth Dee gallery, New York, and Galerie Greta Meert, Bruxelles. In 2013 he will be exhibiting two new projects in solo shows at the Beirut Art Center, in Lebanon, and at Bétonsalon, Paris. His work is present in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou, the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris, and the Kadist Foundation, Paris / San Francisco.

For further information please contact Iaspis project coordinator, Jonatan Habib Engqvist,

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Still from Eric Baudelaires film "The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years without Images", 2011, 66 min.
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