ruangrupa, Picha asbl and Biennale of Lubumbashi present, in collaboration with DL Multimédia and Festival Kidogo Kidogo:
Cross Screening Program
GEROBAK BIOSKOP x CIN’DAM BALA BALA
Dates & Venues:
6 pm, 15 Nov, 2019 at Harlem Des Arts, Quartier Gécamines
6 pm, 22 Nov, 2019 at Harlem Des Arts, Quartier Gécamines
7 pm, 22nd Nov, 2019 at Gudskul Ekosistem, Jalan Durian Raya No.30A
7 pm, 29th Nov, 2019 at Jagakarsa Neighborhood
The project opens a dialogue – often sealed – with the audience about the colonial legacy and the collective memory of Lubumbashi. It also refers to the ecological and health damage caused by mining exploitation, and to environmental and socio-political issues such as unemployment and xenophobia. It’s an homage to the city of Lubumbashi, its memories and its future through multiples congoleses voices and glances. The program is introduced by shorts clips of selected music clips by the ruangrupa Collective and is featuring short clips restituting the encounter of the Cindam’ Bala Bala group with the inhabitants of the neighborhood.
As part of this program, ruangrupa will hold a “layar tancap” or outdoor screening in Jakarta. “Layar tancap” is a unique way of watching film in Indonesia that also shapes the memory of experiencing films in the country. It is usually held in an open square (eg. football field), where a film is projected onto a large screen. In one night several films are projected for free. Independent film screeners run these outdoor screenings. This tradition not only shapes the experience of watching films but also becomes an event for social gathering where people meet at “pasar malam” (night fair) for social interaction and economic transaction.
This habit has vanished with the rise of indoor cinemas and the monopoly of film distribution In Indonesia. The spirit of Layar Tancap inspires our independent media distribution project. It aims to return the spirit of watching film and creating a social gathering, it can also be held organically in many places.
The Gerobak Bioskop cinema cart, is designed as a movable and easily operated film and video screening station. The equipment will be collaboratively designed by artists, designers, IT technicians and will then be created by the community according to local aesthetics.
About the location in Lubumbashi
HARLEM DES ARTS / QUARTIER GECAMINES
The Gécamines – Matshipisha district – in a cultural collective space “Harlem des Arts” Harlem is the first setting for cindam’s activity.
This district was once the camp of the agents of the General Quarries and Mines (Gécamines). Loaded with stories, the neighbourhood and the houses occupied, mostly by former agents of this company, are now nothing more than a reflection of the splendour of yesterday.
With the wave of rural exodus, the district was largely filled with people from the Kasai provinces who built a real headquarters of resistance against abuses of the political public authority.
This resistance is embodied in the Harlem des Ars space, which welcomes the Cindam balabala as part of the Lubumbashi Biennale for the first public screening.
Located in the heart of the Matshipisha market, the Harlem des Arts space is a godsend for young Gecamines artists who evolve in both dance and music.
Its founder, Kady Mpiana, is a child who grew up in the city. He discovers Gécamines with all the problems that surround it: insecurity, poverty of the populations around the market and the phenomenon of street children. Passionate about dance, he has taken the initiative to build a space that he will open to everyone in order to help young people in disadvantaged neighbourhoods by giving them a space of expression.
As much as Matshipisha is recognized as a city that has resisted political power, as the Harlem des Arts space is the bearer of a history: the story of a permanent and daily struggle to help youth to take control of their lives.
Credits : David-Douglas Masamuna & DL Multimedia Team, Lucrezia Cippitelli (artistic director 2nd Atelier Picha), Sandrine Colard (artistic director 6th Biennale de Lubumbashi), Picha asbl Team (Alexandre Mulongo, Damiette Kanowa, Aimé Kalenda, Rosa Spaliviero), all the participant of Atelier Picha #1, Pecho and Daddy for the construction of the cinema chart
Thank you to all the artists and filmmakers.
Biennale de Lubumbashi
This event is supported in the frame of the Biennale de Lubumbashi by COFED, Africalia, the Italian Embassy and Wallonie-Bruxelles International
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