Om, John Smith, UK 1986, 4'. Your Blood is as Red as Mine, Julika Rudelius, NL 2004, 16'. White Balance (to think is to forget differences), François Bucher, US 2002, 32'. House of Women, Michelle Williams Gamaker, UK 2017, 14'. Ayhan and me, belit sağ, NL/TR 2016, 14'.
The September 11 attacks in 2001 and the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are historical ruptures that transformed everyday life in many parts of the world. Images of the mass media representation of 9/11 that settled in collective memory, not only in the US, were addressed in a transmediale.04 screening that included White Balance (to think is to forget differences) by Colombian artist François Bucher. The replay of Bucher’s video essay provides an anchor, in form and content, for this film program about cultural stereotypes, racial profiling, state-sanctioned violence, and censorship in the arts. In this context, the practice of photographing and filming faces and the self-reflexive engagement with identity and language play an essential role in highlighting both the impossible boundary between fact and fiction and the power of unquestioned assumptions and perspectives.
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