Safi Faye, «A letter from my village» (1976)
Welcome to the second seminar of the art series «Sensing: Between an amoeba and an atom» at Kunsthall Trondheim. April 4. we invite you to an exhibition tour in «Sowing Somankidi Coura. A generative Archive», a lecture «Refusing to be Resilient Thusly: Soil, Care and Postcolonial Futures» by Shela Sheikh and a screening of «A letter from my village» (1976) by Safi Faye, a programme proposed by Raphaël Grisey.
«Sensing: Between an amoeba and an atom» is anchored and angered in art as a praxis and habitat, care as research and decolonizing the nature of structural and infrastructural paths of violence for more than human times. This series is a collaboration between Kunsthall Trondheim, GAMES GAIA Geoengineering (Art beyond the Anthropocene) and Prof. Susanne M. Winterling (Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU).
This seminar will be held in English.
Guided tour in the exhibition «Sowing Somankidi Coura. A generative Archive» together with Raphaël Grisey, Bouba Touré and Diol Mouhamadou (Kàddu Yaraax).
The exhibition examines the history of the permaculture and archives of «Somankidi Coura», a self-organized cooperative at the Senegal River in Mali that was founded by a group of former African migrants and activists in France in 1977 after the Sahel was hit by a severe draught.
Lecture: «Refusing to be Resilient Thusly: Soil, Care and Postcolonial Futures» by Shela Sheikh
Dr. Shela Sheikh is an researcher and lecturer at the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Prior to her lectures in «Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy» and «Cultural Studies», Sheikh has worked in publishing, most recently as Managing Editor and member of the editorial board of Forensis: The Architecture of Public Truth, ed. Forensic Architecture and as editor for Fazal Sheikh’s Erasure Trilogy She is also a peer reviewer for Theory, Culture & Society.
In 2018, she coedited with Ros Gray the special issue of Third Text 151–152 'The Wretched Earth, Botanical Conflicts and Artistic Interventions’.
Screening of «A Letter From My Village» by Safi Faye (1976)
Safi Faye (b. 1943) made her first short film, La Passante, in 1972, and in 1975 she became the first sub-Saharan African woman to direct a feature film: Kaddu Beykat (Letter from My Village). Faye is today recognized as one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s most prominent directors.
Centred on a romance, Kaddu Beykat (Letter From My Village) chronicles the daily lives of people in Fadjal, a rural Senegalese village, and their struggle with the state land policies, and agricultural politics.
This screening is supported by La cinémathèque Afrique and Institut Francais.
Image: Still from Letter From My Village, Safi Faye, 1975
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)