Archive | November, 2014

Patrick Altes – ‘A Story of Revolutions’: public lecture review

In this post, Kelsey Suggitt reviews the public lecture given by Patrick Altes to mark the opening of his art exhibition, ‘A Story of Revolutions’, at the University of Portsmouth’s Space Gallery. On Tuesday 28 October 2014, students and staff from the University of Portsmouth gathered to hear Patrick Altes’ thoughts on his art exhibition, ‘A Story of Revolutions’, which opened at the Space Gallery (Eldon Building, University of Portsmouth) on Monday 20 October. As previous blog posts have discussed, Patrick was an Artist in Residence at the University of Portsmouth, courtesy of the Leverhulme Trust, and worked with Dr Natalya Vince from the School of Languages and Area Studies. Here he was able to generate ideas and gather research for an art collection that would explore the complex question of identity in post-colonial Algeria. Patrick’s talk opened with a very brief history of the French in Algeria, but he particularly focussed on questions of citizenship and identity, themes his exhibition seeks to address. On this basis of this, Patrick explained his initial thoughts on his project, for which he felt the need to think about identity, and as an artist, how to use creativity to express it. He has long perceived himself as being stuck between two cultures, […]

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Being Human: Screening of the film “The Battle of Algiers” & panel discussion

Since its release in 1966, Gillo Pontecorvo’s The Battle of Algiers has become one of the most influential political films in cinema history. Recounting a key episode in the Algerian anti-colonial struggle, the film depicts the urban terror campaign waged by the National Liberation Front (FLN) in Algiers in 1957 and the French army’s merciless – but ultimately futile – fight to regain control of the capital. As a document on guerrilla warfare, the film was a source of inspiration for the Black Panthers and the IRA. In 2003, as the US and the UK invaded Iraq, The Battle of Algiers was screened at the Pentagon, with employees invited to come and learn ‘how to win a battle against terrorism and lose the war of ideas.’ As a lesson in filmmaking, Pontecorvo’s documentary style, use of music and direction of non-professional actors has influenced a wide range of contemporary directors, including Paul Greengrass, Spike Lee, Ken Loach, Mira Nair, Steven Soderbergh, Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino are among those who cite the film as a reference. The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion of its national and transnational significance and legacy, both in film studies, and in terms of […]

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