Void Gallery Presents: The Digger / Statues Also Die
Void Gallery Explores explores the complex relationship between material culture and historical truth
Director: Ali Cherri. Arabic and Pashto with English subtitles, 24’, 2015. Produced by Sharjah Art Foundation
For twenty years, Sultan Zeib Khan has kept watch over a ruined Neolithic necropolis in the Sharjah desert in the United Arab Emirates. Although majestic, the wide–angle shots have no monumentalising intent: the beauty and extent of the site speak for themselves. What is playing out here is the possibility for one man to become part of a landscape that overwhelms him yet seems to need his help. Seen under the silhouette of a rock about to devour him or as a dwarfed gure spade in hand walking from the back of the frame, Sultan curiously busies himself from day to day to prevent the ruins... from falling into ruin.
Les statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die)
Director: Alain Resnais, Chris Marker and Ghislain Cloquet
French with English subtitles, 30’, 1953. Production Company Presénce Africaine, Tadié Cinéma
Les statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die) is a film by Alain Resnais, Chris Marker and Ghislain Cloquet that analyses European perceptions of historical African art within colonialism. It speculates on the spiritual properties of African traditional works (from sculptures to masks) and problematizes the Western commercialisation of these pieces.
Overall screening time: 1hr approx.