This is a full length documentation of a collective performative lecture, developed with the Brussels based Greyzone Zebra collective in the context of the 2019 Contour Video Biennale in Mechelen (BE).
I was introduced to Greyzone Zebra by artist Sammy Baloji, as he felt we had shared interests. The collective works with colonial film, mostly in and from the Belgian context. They were invited to take part in the Contour Biennale and were looking for locally sourced colonial film when we were introduced. Meanwhile I had just come across a collection of 8mm amateur film that was partially made in Congo. We decided to develop a presentation together in which our shared interests would, indeed, merge.
We explore the problematic sides of colonial films as well as their affordances through a comparison between selected scenes from 8mm amateur film, and the semi-professional 16mm film produced by Paul Julien.
The performance is introduced by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, the curator of the biennale.
For more context see pju.bridginghumanities.com