Marta Popivoda: Landscapes of Resistance

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Marta Popivoda: Landscapes of Resistance

Followed by a discussion with the filmmaker moderated by Ana Janevski

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e-flux 172 Classon Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205

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Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm for a screening of Marta Popivoda's Landscapes of Resistance (2021, 95 minutes), followed by a discussion with Popivoda moderated by curator Ana Janevski.

Sonja Vujanović, 97 years old, was an anti-fascist fighter and the first Serbian partisan, interned in the camps of Auschwitz, then Ravensbrück. Marta Popivoda and her partner Ana Vujanović (Sonja’s granddaughter) have been filming her in Belgrade for 14 years, recording the tumultuous account of a woman at war. Landscapes are delicately overlayed onto her voice, making it resonate, from the past and from the present. The militancy of the elder woman gradually comes to recall another: that of the couple, who have fled Serbia and its “rampant capitalism on the outskirts of Europe, homophobia and populism.” Two anti-fascist resistance fighters in a new century where the struggle seems more necessary than ever. The handover takes place over the film, the resistance speech of Sonja begins to be personified within the places and bodies of the two women. They thus create not only a cinematographic memorial but, above all, a “partisan film” for the not-so distant future, through a refusal to remain silent. And there are still poppies in the fields of wheat, to bear witness to the blood spilled in the last century.

The screening constitutes the fourth and last event of “Landscapes To Be Deciphered,” the second chapter of the four-part series Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art taking place at e-flux Screening Room in monthly chapters between December 2022 and March 2023. Read more on the series here.

Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art is produced and organized by e-flux; with the support of the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films.

Marta Popivoda (b. 1982, Yugoslavia) is a filmmaker, artist, and researcher living and working between Berlin and Belgrade. The main concerns in her work are the tensions between memory, history, and ideology, as well as the relations between collective and individual bodies. Popivoda approaches them from a feminist and queer perspective. In her recent work, she uses landscape dramaturgy, feminist storytelling, and radical slowness principles to produce verbal-images and scenes of (antifascist) memory. Her first feature documentary, Yugoslavia, How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body, premiered at the 63rd Berlinale and was later screened at many international film festivals, and became part of the permanent collection of MoMA New York. Her second feature documentary, Landscapes of Resistance, premiered in the Tiger Competition of the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam, was presented at more than fifty film festivals worldwide, winning several awards. Her work has also been featured in art instiutions such as Tate Modern London, M HKA Antwerp, Museum of Modern Art + MSUM Ljubljana, and most recently, at the 12th Berlin Biennale, Manifesta 14, and the 59th Belgrade Biennale. She regularly teaches film at SNDO, the University of Arts in Amsterdam, and the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Popivoda cherishes collective practice in artmaking and research, and she was part of the Walking Theory collective for many years. Today, she often collaborates with theorist and dramaturge Ana Vujanović in the production of films, video installations, and performances.

Ana Janevski is a curator in the Department of Media and Performance at The Museum of Modern Art, New York where she has been working on the performance program since 2011. There she co-organized the exhibition Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done (with Thomas Lax and Martha Joseph, 2018/19), among many other exhibitions and projects. She is currently working on the retrospective of Joan Jonas scheduled for spring 2014. From 2007 to 2011, she held the position of curator at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, where she curated, among many other projects, the large-scale exhibition and accompanying publication As Soon As I Open My Eyes I See a Film, on the topic of Yugoslav experimental film and art from the 1960s and 1970s (2011). She regularly contributes to and co-edits publications on performance, the body, and the history of art in Eastern Europe. Janevski lives and works in New York.

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–Two flights of stairs lead up to the building’s front entrance at 172 Classon Avenue.

–For elevator access, please RSVP to program@e-flux.com. The building has a freight elevator which leads into the e-flux office space. Entrance to the elevator is nearest to 180 Classon Ave (a garage door). We have a ramp for the steps within the space.

–e-flux has an ADA-compliant bathroom. There are no steps between the Screening Room and this bathroom.