Film Program

Videobrasil Film Program: When the Southern Cross Speaks

This 2-part film program features a uniquely curated program in collaboration with Videobrasil – an art platform based in São Paulo, Brasil, established more than 30 years ago. Today Videobrasil works with artists, curators, and academics mainly from the global South, of which it has one of the world’s finest archives of video art. During two Sunday afternoons, GIBCA and Videobrasil present When the Southern Cross Speaks at Hagabion.  

This program is produced in collaboration with Videobrasil, and the discussion is presented in collaboration with Kultur i Väst. 

More information about When the Southern Cross Speaks (PDF)



Part 1: The Intimacy is the Fact & The Documentary Doméstica

Sunday October 11th, 3:30–6:30pm

Videobrasil’s first session starts with The Intimacy is the Fact, spotlighting four emotional and intimate narratives, imparting importance to extra-official issues and dissents unbound by economic and/or sociocultural interpretations that seek to objectivize reality. The program features two works by Brazilian artists integrated with artists from international contexts (the Arab World, Africa, and Latin America) that share local conditions which depart from Western norms. Such narratives strive to settle issues that have been concealed by the methods of history. 

Bakary Diallo (1979-2014, Mali), Les Feuilles d´un temps, 2010
Akram Zaatari (b. 1966, Libanon), Crazy of You, 1997
Sebástian Diaz Morales (b. 1975, Argentina), The Apocalyptic Man, 2002
Roberto Berliner (b. 1957, Brazil), A Pessoa é para o que nasce, 1998
Virginia de Medeiros (b. 1973, Brazil), Sergio e Simone, 2010)

The second part of this program includes the showing of the acclaimed documentary feature film Doméstica (Maids, 2012) – a no-holds-barred intimate portrayal of Brazilian family life, the engine to our society, though always swept under the rug.

Gabriel Mascaro (b. 1983, Brasil), Doméstica, 2012



Part 2: The Exception is the Rule, followed by panel conversation with Diego Matos, Elvira Dyangani Ose, and Lena Essling

Sunday October 18th, 3:30–6:30pm

In this second session of the Videobrasil film program, narrative construction takes place from a different prism that complements the former one. Image is captured from a distinct gaze, whose sensibility is expressed through the social experiences of the artist or those whom they interact with. Documental language is deconstructed, and new narrative modes are proposed for the cinematic and journalistic languages. Like in the selection of videos from the first session, moments from Brazilian experimental documentary filmmaking take charge towards the end of the program, in a complementary projection.

Bita Razavi (b. 1983, Iran), Bosphorus: A Trilogy, 2012
Nurit Sharrett (b. 1963, Israel), H2, 2010
Enrique Ramirez (b. 1979, Chile), Brisas, 2008
Vincent Carelli (b. 1953, France), O Espirito da TV, 1990
Gabriela Golder (b. 1971, Argentina), Cows, 2002 

The screening is followed by a panel discussion on international video art between Professor Diego Matos, Curator Videobrasil’s Archive and Research Unit; Elvira Dyangani Ose, Curator GIBCA 2015; and Lena Essling, Curator Moderna Museet.



Screening and Artist Talk: The Tower by Karolina Bregula 

Thursday October 1st, 5:30–8:30pm

Produced in collaboration with the Polish Institute.

The Polish artist Karolina Bregula presents her video opera musical The Tower (2015), an ongoing project that tells the story about a group of people living together in a block of flats. They are planning to build a tower made of sugar together. Through this unusual architectural concept they are hoping to liberate themselves from uncomfortable living conditions. The performance reveals the expectations, dreams, and desires awakened by post-war housing architecture and its crash with the reality of everyday life in the blocks.

At the film screening Karolina Bregula will talk about her work and artistic practice.



Film Screening and Discussion

Saturday November 14th, 2–5pm

Halka/Haiti 18°48'05”N 72°23'01”W
by C.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska

The program is organized in collaboration with the Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Polish Institute. 

Halka/Haiti 18°48'05”N 72°23'01”W (2015) is an engaging eighty-two minute film depicting the opera Halka by Stanisław Moniuszko as it was staged in February for the inhabitants of Cazale, a village situated in the mountains of Haiti inhabited by the descendants of Polish soldiers who had fought for the country’s independence. The artists decided to stage the opera in Haiti because they were inspired by the mad plan of Werner Herzog’s film Fitzcarraldo, whose protagonist of the same name wanted to build an opera house in the Amazon. Fascinated by Fitzcarraldo’s faith in the universal power of opera, but not uncritical of the colonizing aspect of his actions, the artists decided to reveal and undercut its romanticism by confronting a set of very specific geographic, historical, and sociopolitical realities.

The screening is followed by a discussion between the artists C.T. Jasper & Joanna Malinowska and Susan Buck-Morss, acclaimed American philosopher, historian, and author of the book Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History.