CATCHING THE REAL
BASEL: March 28th, 2018 | 18:00 - 20:00
Airport, Michaela Müller
En La Boca, Matteo Gariglio
Free, White and 21, Howardena Pindell
Semiotics of the Kitchen 2011 (Barbie Stop Motion), Thressa Willett
In a Nutshell, Fabio Friedli
Where Euphrates and Sava Flow together, Andreas Muggli
E.B.C. 5300m, Léonard Kohli
Chantal Molleur, White Frame
Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland
White Frame was delighted to present a film night part of the Kunsthaus Baselland exhibition Sehnsuchtsorte / Place of Longing curated by director, Ines Goldbach.
“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.” - Maya Angelou
As human beings, we are relational to the core. As a social species, we look for a place to belong. Besides love, belonging may be the second essential component of our social structure. As individuals, we face the paradox of wanting to belong and, at the same time, standing alone. As warriors in their extraordinary everyday lives, artists are experts in standing alone, and in striking that fragile balance between belonging and standing alone. Artists produce art that can be a language shared by individuals, nations and cultures. Art can generate powerful questions about outsider status, legality, and identity. We all experience the desire to belong in so many ways: wanting to fit in, wanting to be a part of something, wanting to do our part with others; and we search for commonalities—in groups, religions, neighborhoods and communities.
Naming this program “Catching the real” was my first attempt to answer Ines Goldbach’s questions about belonging, such as ‘What could our places of longing be?' I realized that it was pointless to search for definitive answers, for catching the real is as elusive as permanence and certainty. Instead, I decided to find multiple answers in films and videos that portray the divisive and disjointed nature of our world, whilst showing how fruitful and inspiring it can also be, capturing the balance we need to be able to thrive as individuals and connect with each other.