Distribution of all films handled via LUX Artists' Moving Image.
Educational sale in the US via Cinema Guild.
And releasing today (and competing for the longest title) on iTunes US & Canada: The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 Years Without Images
Now available from Archive Books : ANABASES, with Morad Montazami, Pierre Zaoui, Homay King & Jean-Pierre Rehm
Abkhazia is something of a paradox: a country that exists, in the physical sense of the word (a territory with borders, a government, a flag and a language), yet it has no legal existence because for almost twenty years it was not recognized by any other nation state. And so Abkhazia exists without existing, caught in a liminal space, a space in between realities. Which is why my letter to Max was something of a message in a bottle thrown at sea.
How do you build a new State? Does the State include? Does it exclude? On what criteria can a State be considered to exist? And what forms of representation allow, or prove, this existence to be “real”? If all States are fictional collective constructs, what to make of Abkhazia: a fiction within a fiction?
Abkhazia seceded from Georgia, in the Caucasus, during a civil war in 1992-1993. Like all disputed lands, Abkhazia is entangled in a conflicted narrative. To many Georgians, the breakaway State is a rogue nationalist regime, an amputated part of Georgia. To the Abkhaz, independence saved them from cultural extinction after years of Stalinist repression and Georgian domination. To many observers, Abkhazia is simply a pawn in the Great Game Russia and the West have always played in the Caucasus. “The Secession Sessions” acknowledges these competing narratives and does not seek to write an impossible objective historiography. It does not parse, verify or document any competing claims to a land. The project starts with this observation: Abkhazia has had a territorial and human existence for twenty years, and yet it will in all likelihood remain in limbo for the foreseeable future, which makes the self-construction of its narrative something worth exploring. If Abkhazia is a laboratory case for the birth of a nation, then its Garibaldis and George Washingtons are still alive and active. Maxim Gvinjia is one of them.
Full exhibition program of the SATURDAY SESSIONS :
Proudly announcing the hatching of the publishing and production company POULET-MALASSIS
Still editing... but
just in :
Homay King, Anabasis, in the journal October, 142, Fall 2012
Super 8 and HD video, 66min
Nicole Yip, Eric Baudelaire, Gasworks, Frieze, 17/6/12
Dennis Lim, A Japanese Director's Path to Revolution, The New York Times, 28/2/12
La Anábasis de May y Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, y 27 años sin imágenes, Galería Juana de Aizpuru, Madrid, 26/11 to 13/12/12
La Triennale: Intense Proximity, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (cur. Okwui Enwezor) 19/4 to 26/8/12
A Blind Spot, Berlin Documentary Forum, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (cur. Catherine David) 30/5 to 1/7/12
Film festival schedule:
CPH:DOX, Copenhagen (DocAlliance competition)
DocLisboa, Lisbonne (International Competition - SPECIAL JURY AWARD)
IDFF Jihlava (DocAlliance competition)
DOK Leipzig (DocAlliance competition)
Osian's-Cinefan Festival, New Delhi
Migrating Forms, New York (Opening night)
Planet Doc+, Warsaw
San Francisco International Film Festival
Visions du Réel, Nyon
BAFICI, Buenos Aires
Dokumentarfilmwoche, Hamburg (competition)
Courtisane Festival, Ghent
FICUNAM, Mexico City
International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Futures)
Festival de Belfort (international competition)
52nd Festival dei Popoli (international competition)
Festival International du Film de La-Roche-sur-Yon
Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Experimental Forum)
FID Marseille (French competition)
The Anabasis... libretto:
Hammer Projects: Eric Baudelaire at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, ending 24/9/10:
Two new artist books : The Makes, designed by Regular, ed. of 323, published by Le Bal:
and Sugar Water, ed. of 250, published by Onestar Press:
Watchmen, Liars, Dreamers, a group show curated by Guillaume Désanges, at Le Plateau, FRAC Ile de France, Paris, ending 11/15/10.
Unfinished Business, solo exhibition at Gallery TPW in Toronto, until 5/6/10: