The One Minutes Africa film series

Following the One Minutes Africa Awards in Cairo, the One Minutes put together a separate Africa selection of short films that were screened at the following institutions in 2011:

Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam
deBuren Brussel
Centraal Museum Utrecht
Cultuurwerf/Buro Beeldende Kunst Vlissingen
Graphic Design Museum Breda
het Haarlem College 
Kunsthal KAdE Amersfoort
Marres Maastricht
NIMk Amsterdam
Schunck* Heerlen
TwentseWelle Enschede

Two of my videos are part of this Africa collection:

Mr. Samir features the Step Pyramid of Djoser as it stands today, a main site of the burial grounds of Saqqara, the necropolis of the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis, which is nowadays mainly known as an attraction frequented by international tourists. In a post-25-January Cairo, however, the trust and warmth once extended to ‘foreigners’ yields to suspicion bordering on paranoia, and innocent inquiries take on a threatening undercurrent; here indirectly extended by the unseen authority on-site in Saqqara, who is referred to only as “Mr. Samir.” This video deals with the subjects of authority (ancient, recent past, and present) and its literal and figurative structures. 

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ROAR 2.0 uses segments of the official interviews conducted with all African contestants of the 2010 Miss Universe pageant and acts as a form of social commentary. Through simple re-editing of both the audio and video tracks of the source material, this work aims to reflect humorously on the proverbial scale, which appears to be increasingly tipping in favor of short-lived fame over dignity. ROAR 2.0 reads this condition as a re-boot of colonialism: same concept, different battleground. 


All featured artists and titles of the One Minutes Africa series:

Justin Davy Train 3535 
Kemang Wa Lehulere Ukuguqula Ibatyi (The Pencil Test) 
Aderemi Adegbite Ghetto Games
Carole Maloba Untitled 
Richard Elekwa The Black Race 
> Alexandra Stock Mr. Samir 
Achillekà Komguem Douala A Piece of Cake 
Graig Masters The Lion & the Elephant 
Goddy Leye Untitled 
Charles Levin Homage 
Gian-Reto Gredig and Goran Galic Vector
Alexandra Stock ROAR 2.0
Koko Landry Mon Pays 
Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka Akirash My Privacy 
Coffi Séraphin Zounyekpe L’Autre Coté  
Robyn Nesbitt In The Garden (Dog) 
Helen Zeru I Used to Live Here
Said Ennidam Il Montre Tout Mais Cache le Mur 
Benjamin Deguenon Miroir 
Ezra Wube Amora 
Guy Wouete Days in the Days
Ferdinand C. Gade Les ennemis de L’environnement 
Isaac P Ouédraogo La Circoncision des Garçons 
Wafae El Hakimi and Sara Guedari Youyou