Revolt Against the Sun is a title borrowed from a collected book of poems by Iraqi modernist and feminist poet Nazik al-Malaika. She was a pioneer of free verse, radically departing from the classical rhyme form that had dominated Arabic poetry for centuries. In her spirit, Shasha Movies presents a subversive programme of contemporary Iraqi video art, produced between 2017-2022. These works revolt against form, against structure, and against the sun.
The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with Roisin Tapponi, Marwan Kaabour, and Alvaro Barrington.
Anthem (2019, 3’) dir. Adel Abidin
Capture (2021, 13’) dir. Emil Alrai
Pre-Image (Blind as the Mother Tongue) (2017, 17’) dir. Hiwa K
Trip to Jerusalem (2022, 3’), dir. Shaman Istifan
Cineholic (2021, 25’) dir. Sherko Abbas