Artists’ Film: Transcending National Boundaries

  • serpent rain 300JS

    Arjuna Neuman and Denise Ferreira da Silva, Serpent Rain (2016), Digital video still. Courtesy of the artists and Ballroom Marfa

  • Tran Luong, Lâp Loè Welts (2012

    Tran Luong, Lâp Loè Welts (2012). Copyright the artist. Selected by Hanoi DOCLAB Vietnam.

Past Event

This event was on Thu 7 Sep 2017, 6pm

“Films on the theme of collaboration will set you adrift on a sea of hypnotic imagery”

The Observer, August 2017


How have artists from Kabul found an audience in Los Angeles? How did a remarkable film from Berlin get a screening in Vietnam? 

This special event is accompanied by a series of free screenings to mark ten years of Artists’ Film International. The talk brings together artists and curators from across the globe to consider collaborative practices, explore how art can transcend national boundaries and discuss models of distribution for sharing local knowledge.

Featuring artist Ursula Mayer (UK) in conversation with writer and editor Chris McCormack and curators Kathrin Becker (Neuer Berliner Kunstverein Video Forum, Berlin), Zorana Dakovic (Cultural Centre of Belgrade), Lukasz Ronduda (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw), Maria Palacios Cruz (Deputy Director, LUX) and Iwona Blazwick (former Director, Whitechapel Gallery).

Established by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2007, Artists’ Film International includes 15 global partner organisations. The programme brings together recent moving image works, which are presented over the course of a year in each venue.

Supported by Goethe-Institut London.


18.00 Welcome: Jane Scarth (Whitechapel Gallery)

18.05 Introduction: Iwona Blazwick (Whitechapel Gallery)

18.25  Ursula Mayer in conversation with Chris McCormack

18.50 Screening of selected work:

Anetta Mona Chişa (b. 1975, Romania) and Lucia Tkáčová (b. 1977, Slovakia)
Manifesto of Futurist Woman (Let´s conclude), 2008 (11:13)
Selected by nbk Video Forum, Berlin (AFI, 2012)

Katarina Zdjelar (b. 1979, Serbia)
My Lifetime (Malaika), 2012 (5:37)
Selected by Belgrade Cultural Centre (AFI, 2013)

Wojciech Bąkowski (b. 1979, Poland)
The Analysis of Emotions and Vexations, Part 2, 2016 (10:33)
Selected by the Museum of Modern Art  Warsaw (AFI, 2017)

19.15 Zorana Dakovic Minniti (Belgrade Cultural Centre)

19.25 Kathrin Becker (nbk Video Forum, Berlin)

19.35 Lukasz Ronduda (Museum of Modern Art  Warsaw)

19.45 Panel moderated by Maria Palacios Cruz (LUX)

20.45 END

About the Speakers

Kathrin Becker is a Berlin based curator and writer who currently works as the head of the Video-Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.). From the late 1990s, Becker developed an international curatorial profile and worked in the field of the interference of popular and high cultures, global visual languages, and institutional practice as a method of cultural foreign policies between Western, East European and Middle Eastern societies. She has curated numerous exhibitions in institutions internationally such as National Centre For Contemporary Art, Moscow; P.S. 1 Museum / The Institute of Contemporary Art, New York; National Museum for Contemporary Art, Oslo; Fotomuseum Winterthur.

Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London since 2001 and is a curator, critic and lecturer. She was formerly at Tate Modern and London’s ICA as well as working as an independent curator in Europe and Japan.  Blazwick is series editor of Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art. She has written monographs and articles on many contemporary artists and published extensively on themes and movements in modern and contemporary art, exhibition histories and art institutions.

Maria Palacios Cruz is Deputy Director at LUX, London and was formerly the director of the Courtisane festival in Ghent (Belgium). She is a programmer for the Punto de Vista festival in Pamplona (Spain) and the course director for the Film Curating degree at the newly launched Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola in San Sebastian (Spain). She has curated screenings, events, and exhibitions for numerous festivals and institutions, including Tate Britain (London), Union Docs (New York), M_HKA (Antwerp), Impakt (Utrecht), WIELS (Brussels), Centre Pompidou (Paris). She is the cofounder of The Visible Press and writes regularly on artists’ moving image, with recent texts on Laida Lertxundi, Manon de Boer, Jennifer West and Basma Alsharif.

Zorana Dakovic Minniti has worked in the field of culture and arts since the late nineties. Currently at Cultural Centre of Belgrade, where she holds the positions of Coordinator for International Cooperation, Program Manager and Curator of the PODROOM gallery, which focusses on moving image and multimedia installation. She is a member of the Curators’ Network and IKT. Since 2004 as Coordinator of the October Salon, the biggest exhibition of contemporary visual arts in Serbia, she works closely with artists and curators from all over the world.

Ursula Mayer’s internationally exhibited practice spans a range of media, including film, video and sculpture. Mayer interweaves myth, biopolitics and the semiotics of cinema to visualize and ruminate upon future post-human ontology. Mayer graduated in 1996 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and completed her MFA at Goldsmiths University London in 2004. Her work has received critical accolades, including the prestigious Derek Jarman Award 2014 for experimental film and the Otto Mauer Prize in 2007.  Recent exhibitions include, Mirrorcity at Hayward Gallery, London; SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul; THE NEW HUMAN in Moderna Museet, Stockholm & Moderna Museet Malmoe; Tyneside Cinema Gallery, Newcastle; Audain Gallery, Vancouver; Tramway, Glasgow; and Turner Contemporary, Margate, among many others.

Lukasz Ronduda is an art historian and curator specializing in Polish contemporary art and film. He works on the film collection at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Ronduda has curated numerous exhibitions such as Polish Video Art From the ’70s and ’80s (2006), at the Tate Modern, London, and The Enthusiasts: From Amateur Film Clubs, a project by the artists Marysia Lewandowska and Neil Cummings, first at the CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, in 2004, then, in 2005, at Whitechapel Gallery, London, and under the title Enthusiasm at Kunst-Werke, Berlin, in 2005. Ronduda is also film director. He created Performer (2015) devoted to performance artist Oskar Dawicki and Heart of Love (2017) devoted to experimental filmmaker Wojciech Bakowski and poet Zuzanna Bartoszek. Both films had premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival and Berlinale Forum Expanded section.