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SIMÃO. OFF SCREEN: THE MOZAMBIQUE FILM ARCHIVE
The mission of Off Screen is to align the narratives that relate different forms of the post-colonial condition, from the Cold War ideology, which produced a collection of revolutionary films, and the global capitalism now fighting for survival, to the situational perspective as a fragment of a personal investigation. Only through accumulation can a new topology of the image begin to take shape - that which emerges from the equilibrium created in response to the inevitable failure to reinstate a single, uncontested version of events. The aim of this project is not to present a historical account of socialist propaganda film in Mozambique. Rather, it attempts to take that initial failure and use it to evoke a new kind of socialism, the kind that can only be forged by combining different visions of reality in the same opening shot. This formula eschews conflict resolution and embraces the paradoxes summoned by memory encoded in images.
Catarina Simão (1972) lives in Lisbon. She is an architect, artist and researcher. In 2009 she began working on her current project, Off Screen: The Mozambique Film Archive. Since then, the project has been presented at art institutions and seminars in Lisbon, Porto, Maputo, Vienna, London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Murcia.