Beginning of 2011 untill now i participated as a video artist and researcher in the making of the European Souvenirs Audiovisual Show.
«European Souvenirs assembles an artistic collective of 5 young mediamakers researching into found material from different leading European archives in the course of 4 workshops led by various artistic collaborators, in 4 different European cities, to create a live-cinema performance to be staged for the first time in October 2012 in de Balie (Amsterdam) and will tour afterwards in different countries across Europe and beyond».
We performed in Amsterdam @ ECF, The Balie, Sevilla Spain @ ZEMOS98 Festival, Geneva @ Mappingfestival, Kosovo @ DokuFest, Bilbao Spain @ Hondakin Festival, Utrecht @ Vrede v Utrecht Festival, Londen @ British Film Institute Docu Festival, Lublin @ Human Right Conference, Austria @ EU summit,
The premiere of European Souvenirs was performed as part of the European Cultural Foundation's, Imagining Europe on the 4-7 October 2012. The original length of the performance was 50 minutes and this film gathers together extracts from the full performance.
The performance revolves around Europe, memories, immigration, travel, identity, borders etc.
Produced with our point of views and includes a small piece of my personal family history (India - Surinam - The Netherlands) and collective archive material from leading European archives during Artist Residencies + workshops in Sevilla, Istanbul, Warsaw and Amsterdam since the beginning of april 2012.
It was a unique live cinema performance by Farah Rahman (The Netherlands), Karol Rakowski (Poland), Barış Gürsel (Turkey), , Malaventura (Spain) and Noriko Okaku (United Kingdom/Japan), designed by ZEMOS98 (Spain) and produced by the European Cultural Foundation's Doc Next Network.
European Souvenirs departs from the convention of the traditional audiovisual memoir: the (media) archive. The show is a collective exploration by five young media artists featuring media found at archives in their countries and existing imagery of Europe and its travellers.
Universal concepts such as 'family', 'travel', 'borders' and 'memory' are the starting point for their expedition. They explore personal, local and common meanings of the footage and sounds from the archives, as well as creating their own productions and fieldworks. Inspired by their personal memories, they offer us a journey down our own memory lane.
They bring us precious European Souvenirs -- sounds and images from different pasts and European contexts. They invite us to make new connections between different European landscapes, identities, imaginations -- and to draw new borders in our own memory map.
For more information go to http://www.europeansouvenirs.eu
Interview Fiber Space about our creative workproces during the project.
Reference tumblr: http://europeansouvenirs.tumblr.com/
More photography: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zemos98/collections/72157629783532368/