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Gossips Series #3 "Seeding Gossips" Part 2: Screenings and Talk

curated by iLiana Fokianaki
Admission: Free
Online Event: 14.01.2021, 17:30

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"Seeding Gossips Part II"
State of Concept in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Athen is happy to co-host "Seeding Gossips Part II". This is the second part of the third event of the Gossips Series. Τhe screenings of "Microresistances" and "Wild Relatives" from Marwa Arsanios and Jumana Manna will be followed by an online discussion with the artists.
Moderated by iLiana Fokianaki.
With Marwa Arsanios and Jumana Manna.
The discussion will be held in English.
For this third and last iteration of GOSSIPS, a collaboration of State of Concept Athens and Goethe Institut, we are gathering - alas virtually - to discuss the role of women in the fight for climate change and preservation, discussing with artists who through their practice have been looking into the subject of sustainability, collectives of women and the role of communities in bringing to the fore the need for a global effort to fight climate change.
Women, specifically in so-called developing economies, are some of the most highly affected demographics in the wake of increasing natural disasters and volatile farming conditions, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that women collectives are already showing the way and becoming key factors in creating a pathway for a sustainable future. One of the main threads common in many such groups is not only collective action, but the preserving of ancestral wisdom in sustain seeds, preserving natural resources and living a sustainable life, one that considers humans as part of nature.
Artists Marwa Arsanios and Jumana Manna have been through their artistic practice, looking into communities and their efforts to work against multi-national companies and their extractive tropes, the effects of political turmoil and war on natural resources and science, and the processes of recuperation and restoration of ancestral knowledges from communities the world over.
Arsanios will discuss her latest research working with communities from various countries that are found in her latest film Microresistances, the third of a trilogy of films entitled Who is Afraid of Ideology, that is focusing on a small village in Colombia and the current systemic war led by transnational firms against the tiniest and most essential aspect of life: seeds.
Manna will discuss her recent essay on e-flux journal relating to the foraging of wild food, and her upcoming film that will be ultimately concerned with what is made extinct and what gets to continue to grow; who gets to decide the fate of herb-picking cultures, and the options that remain for those who don’t, but will also discuss her film of 2018 Wild Relatives, a film discussing the move of a seed bank due to war and the articulation between a large-scale international initiative to salvage a seed bank and its local implementation in Lebanon where it lands, that it so vividly captures, the work at hand carried out primarily by young migrant women.

Gossips Series #3

Jumana Manna, Wild Relatives, 2018, film still