NAGB / LUX Film Series: “Finding Fanon”

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As part of its LUX Film Series, The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas will screen Finding Fanon (Parts 1, 2 and 3) by Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, on July 26, at 8:00pm.

Description: In its final installation, NAGB /LUX Film Series presents Finding Fanon, a moving and multi-layered exploration of race, identity and globalisation, inspired by the radical thinker Franz Fanon. In Larry Achiampong and David Blandy’s collaborative practice, they share an interest in popular culture and the decolonial position.

Programme: Larry Achiampong & David Blandy, Finding Fanon Parts I, II, III, 2015 & 2017.  Total running time: 40 mins followed by a short conversation. Come and celebrate our last screening on Thursday, July 26th starting at 8 p.m. and see this collection of ground-breaking and innovative cultural work.

DESCRIPTIONS (from Finding Fanon):

Finding Fanon Part One is the first part in a series of works by artists Larry Achiampong and David Blandy; inspired by the lost plays of Frantz Fanon, (1925-1961) a politically radical humanist whose practice dealt with the psychopathology of colonisation and the social and cultural consequences of decolonisation.

In the film, the two artists negotiate Fanon’s ideas, examining the politics of race, racism and the post-colonial, and how these societal issues affect their relationship. Their conflict is played out through a script that melds found texts and personal testimony, transposing their drama to a junkyard houseboat at an unspecified time in the future. Navigating the past, present and future, Achiampong and Blandy question the promise of globalisation, recognising its impact on their own heritage.

Finding Fanon Part Two collides art-house cinema with digital culture’s Machinima, resulting in a work that explores the post-colonial condition from inside a simulated environment – the Grand Theft Auto 5 in-game video editor. This video work combines several stories, including how the artists’ familial histories relate to colonial history, an examination of how their relationship is formed through the virtual space, and thoughts on the implications of the post-human condition.

The work was showcased at an evening of discussion around the post colonial, the digital and the post human at Fabrica in Brighton, on the 16 September 2015, where the artists were joined by art historian, critic and curator Christine Eyene.

Finding Fanon Part Three is a story based on the collaboration of Sartre and Fanon and their recognition of the problems and pain caused by the economically and politically powerful on the less privileged, particularly, of the colonised. It is a meditative, naturalist cinematic portrayal on the fragility of friendships and brings the story of Fanon and Sartre’s collaboration to life; it is a minimalist story of friendship, loss and alienation in the current era.

The two characters in tweed suits, are on a journey on foot with their children. As the hours progress and the landscape evolves, the two families move through a range of subtle emotions, enacting a pilgrimage of mutual confusion, sudden insight and recurring intimations of a larger battle.

When they arrive at their final destination, a shelter made deep in the woods, they must either confront the divergent paths they have taken or somehow transcend their growing tensions in an act of forgiveness and forging a new way towards a more equal future.

[Photo by Claire Barrett.]

For more information on the film, see http://davidblandy.co.uk/finding-fanon-about

Also see NAGB announcement at https://www.facebook.com/events/1269528613179861/