The Embassy

2011 | 00:37:06 | Guinea-Bissau / Portugal | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Documentation, History, Photography, Post-colonialism

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The Embassy deals with the codes of representation used by the former Portuguese colonial power over the West African country Guinea-Bissau, and with modes of memory production. It shows a photo album depicting the perspective of the Portuguese colonist, who photographed with documentary diligence landscapes, people, architecture and monuments in Guinea-Bissau in the 1940s and 1950s. At the same time, this photo display — grabbed, flipped through and re-framed by the hands of the Guinean archivist Armando Lona — is the departure point for a multi-layered narration on the history of these two countries.

Premiere

DocLisboa
Lisbon
2010

Exhibitions + Festivals

Hantologie des Colonies, Khiasma, Paris, France 2011

Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxemburg 2012

Wir sind alle Berliner, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin 2014-2015