Film still: Electrical Gaza (2015), courtesy of LUX, London and Rosalind Nashashibi.
Animation by George Thompson and Lukas Schrank at Visitor Studio.
WILLING THE POSSIBLE
19 October – 02 December 2017
Bostanbaşı Cd 10, Firuzağa Mh.
With films by Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle, Emma Leach, Sasha Litvintseva, and Rosalind Nashashibi.
“Living with one another can be unhappy, wretched, ambivalent, even full of antagonism, but all of that can play out in the political sphere without recourse to expulsion or genocide. And that is our obligation.” – Judith Butler
Willing the Possible presents films that collectively reflect on geopolitical conflict. Thinking through techniques used in narrative mediation, the selection of films presented in this exhibition, each in their unique way, attempt to come to terms with the intensely divisive political climate we continue to face today.
Narrative mediation is a subgenre in mediation and a technique focused on multiplicity in the construction of conflict narratives. Originating as a method of conflict resolution in Narrative Family Therapy, it encourages face-to-face contact between parties. In the realm of cinema, the encounter between film objects and viewers — together forming a site for collective narrative plotting — could be thought of as just such a face-to-face contact. Though the films in this exhibition are situated in conflict zones across geographies and times, none make any singular known conflict narrative the central object of their study. Instead, the films allow the possibility of collective narrative plotting as an open-ended process; a way of thinking through conflicting positions in a manner that is as playful as it is hopeful.
Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle, The Goodness Regime, HD, 21′, 2013
Emma Leach, Conflicting Thoughts: Thoughts on Conflict, SD, 07’13”, 2011
Sasha Litvintseva, Exile Exotic, HD, 14’12”, 2015
Rosalind Nashashibi, Electrical Gaza, HD, 17’53”, 2015
Willing the Possible is an independent exhibition and parallel event to the 15th International Istanbul Biennial curated by Minou Norouzi for MARSistanbul. MARSistanbul is an independent art initiative founded by artist Pınar Öğrenci since 2010 and is supported by SAHA as part of “Grant for the Sustainability of Independent Art Initiatives 2016–2017”. Sheffield Fringe is supported by Openvizor, and the Arts Council England.
This exhibition is adapted from a previous iteration at Bloc Projects, Sheffield. For further information and artist biographies please visit Programmes 2017.