One-Day Workshop with Jazra Khaleed
24 July 2021, 17:00
Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis (and other locations)
A workshop series that invites participants to follow walks with local and international artists and filmmakers in underexplored areas of Syros. Workshop sessions include organized walks to destinations that are not usually those on the well-worn main streets and touristic thoroughfares, during which participants will record their experiences in digital as well as non-digital forms.
This year, during the 9th Syros International Film Festival edition, a one-day workshop will be held in collaboration with the Athens-based filmmaker and poet Jazra Khaleed, who has chosen to organize a walk that includes multiple sites related to the industrial and labor history of the island, including the Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis. During the workshop, the artist and participants will engage with the ways in which the politics and poetics of the city’s industrial landscape are perceived and displayed, exploring ways of documenting the social and class history of Syros as reflected in the urban landscape. In addition to leading the workshop, the artist will be in residence on the island conducting research and recording footage for an original moving image piece engaging with the workshop themes, to be presented at SIFF 2022.
Over many decades, Hermoupolis was one of the most important industrial centers of the newly formed Greek state, as well as a city in which an unruly and militant proletariat class lived and worked. Workers’ struggles and strikes – mobilized by both domestic and international migrants – took place between the 1870s and late 1920s, buffeting the island. Taking up the Industrial Museum of Hermoupolis as a central meeting point and focus, the workshop will move to the street Georgiou Papandreou and the surrounding former industrial area in search of memories, images, words, objects, and traces of this time in the old factories, buildings, and streets. If the history of a place is inscribed in its landscape and urban planning, can we activate these sites to create narratives that break down and disrupt official histories? Or do abandoned sites point to emptiness, an absence of memory? Does the city remember its past political and social struggles or have these events faded from its memory?
Jazra Khaleed (born 1979) lives in Athens and is known as a poet, translator, and filmmaker. His work is an indictment of fascism, social injustice, police brutality and racism in today’s Greece. His poems have been widely translated for publications in Europe, the US, Asia, and Australia, such as The Guardian, The Los Angeles Review of Books, World Literature Today, Lichtungen, Westerly, and The Literary Review. His short films have been screened at festivals such as Ann Arbor Film Festival (USA), Experiments in Cinema (USA), Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland), Kasseler Dokfest (Germany), Entrevues Belfort (France), L’Alternativa (Spain) among others. The film rendition of his poem about the immigrant situation, “The Aegean or The Anus of Death,” won prizes at the Paris Festival for Different and Experimental Cinema, the Zebra Poetry Film Festival and the Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival. He is co-editor of the poetry magazine Teflon, which publishes cutting-edge poetry from all over the world. His most recent book Μα είν’ αυτό ποίηση; [Is This Poetry?] is published by Teflon publications.
The workshop is limited to 10 (ten) participants.
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