November is a self-reflexive video that examines the role of images in the post-revolutionary moment, primarily through the figure of Andrea Wolf, a friend of the artist’s from her teenage years who eventually fought alongside Kurdish rebels. Undertaking the question of what is nowadays called terrorism and used to be called internationalism once, the film’s starting point is a feminist martial arts flick the artist and Wolf shot in the Eighties, when they were 17 years old, on Super-8 stock. Now this fictional material has suddenly become a document, questioning the notion of political memory when revolution seems to be over and only its gestures keep circulating.
Hito Steyerl (b. 1966, Munich, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. She has held solo exhibitions at e-flux, New York, 2011; The Art Institute Chicago, Chicago; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Her works have been shown in group exhibitions such as Taipei Biennial, Taipei; Gwangju Biennial, Gwangju; and documenta 12, Kassel.
Courtesy of the artist.