Tonje Bøe Birkeland: The Characters & C.S. Nicholson: The Discoverer of the Discoverers
Fotografihuset is pleased to present Tonje Bøe Birkeland’s latest chapter Character # V, The Bhutan Trilogy, from the series The Characters, where Birkeland stages and photographs herself as a series of female explorers in unknown terrain. Through their alter egos, based on authentic women who have broken contemporary barriers and traveled to foreign lands, The Characters gives the woman a place in the landscape and at the same time explores the truth value of history.
In “The Discoverer of the Discoverers”, a family in the West African Republic of Benin recounts their version of their ancestors’ very first encounter with Europeans – to a European film crew. We hear how the hunter Kpatè first spotted a Portuguese ship off the Atlantic coast in 1548 and how he got them ashore. We are invited into the family’s memorial ceremony for this meeting and are served a partly sensational view of the historical turning point. Are all the claims about the sequence of events equally likely? How reliable is the filmmaker’s white gaze? And how do the characters and the film crew adapt to each other, after 500 years of slave trade, colonialism and globalism? “The discoverer of the discoverers” shows how history is story-telling, and what role pride and conscience can play in our collective memories.
Film showings at Sukkerbiten:
Special screenings 29.9 – 27.11 (Free entrance) :
Sat – Sun 12-16
Cinema premiere Vega: 14.10 at 17.00