An Opera of the World screening at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery
|location||:||Serpentine Sackler Gallery|
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On 6 October 2017, as a prelude to the 2017 Marathon, filmmaker and theorist Manthia Diawara and artist Sarah Morris discuss their recent films with filmmaker and author Alexander Kluge and professor and author Richard Sennett in a conversation moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. The evening features a screening of the two films, Diawara’s An Opera of the World (2017, 70’) and Morris’s Finite and Infinite Games (2017, 40’). This event will take place at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London.
Ten years ago, Bintou Wéré, a Sahel Opera premiered in Bamako, Mali. It then sold out to enthusiastic audiences in Amsterdam and Paris. It had never been done before: an African story of the pull and torments of migration told in operatic form, composed, designed, choreographed and performed by Africans from 13 countries in the Sub-Saharan region. A decade later the story and its theme are more relevant than ever.
Now, in the film An Opera of the World, Malian-American filmmaker Manthia Diawara has produced a cinematic retelling of the opera that explores the African traditions it draws on and explores the contemporary relevance of its themes.
A native of Mali, Manthia Diawara received his education in France and later travelled to the United States for his university studies. He has taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of We Won’t Budge: An African Exile in the World (Basic Civitas Books, 2003), Black-American Cinema: Aesthetics and Spectatorship (ed. Routledge, 1993), African Cinema: Politics and Culture (Indiana University Press, 1992), and In Search of Africa (Harvard University Press, 1998). He has published widely on the topic of film and literature of the Black Diaspora. Professor Diawara also collaborated with Ngûgî wa Thiong’o in making the documentary Sembene Ousmane: The Making of the African Cinema and directed the German-produced documentary Rouch in Reverse.
Sarah Morris is best known for her complex abstractions in both painting and film. Morris has created a new language of place and politics, making her one of the most intriguing artists of her generation. She has been exhibited internationally.
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Photo: Manthia Diawara, An Opera of the World, 2017, Portugal/USA/Mali, film still