Meet the speakers and participants of our new in-depth programme
We’re happy to announce the full programme of IFFR Sessions, a five-day programme in collaboration with Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in which a select group of curators, artists and writers take part in intimate discussions, with daily sessions led by an established artist in the field. Each session revolves around the theme 'Collectivity'.
With IFFR Sessions, the festival gathers a small group of early and mid-career professionals together for a series of in-depth presentations by leading artists in order to expand concepts around researching, producing, and presenting moving image art. The programme offers a way to experience the festival at a different pace, providing an immersion into the festival and the Rotterdam art scene while affording time to reflect and discuss ideas among a group of peers. The inclusive nature of the programme allows participants to network, engage in critical discussions, consider several overlapping aspects of art and cinema, and contend with complex questions – something that is sometimes difficult during a Q&A after a screening. “Festivals can be a chaotic experience where it’s often difficult to find time for reflection, let alone peers to reflect with. With IFFR Sessions, we hope to offer a moment in a busy festival schedule to debate and contemplate,” says IFFR programmer Julian Ross.
Speakers IFFR Sessions
Karrabing Film Collective
Karrabing Film Collective is an indigenous media group formed by approximately 30 members, most of whom are based in the Northern Territories of Australia. Initiated in 2008 as a form of grassroots activism, they approach filmmaking as a mode of self-organisation and a means of investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality. With their films and installations, the collective exposes the long shadow and different shapes cast by colonial power.
Rojava Film Commune with Jonas Staal
The Kurdish collective Rojava Film Commune (founded in 2015) is a non-hierarchical collective that stimulates film education and film production in Rojava, northern Syria among the local population. In this way, film becomes a medium for depicting the experiences of Kurdish civilians. Dutch visual artist Jonas Staal (1981) was educated in monumental art in the Netherlands and the USA. He currently works as a PhD researcher on contemporary propaganda at Leiden University. His work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, lectures, and publications, focusing on the relationship between art, politics, and ideology.
Hafiz Rancajale (1971, Indonesia) is an Indonesian artist, curator, filmmaker and co-founder of artists' initiative ruangrupa, a collective selected to curate the Documenta 15. He is also working as artistic director of OK.Video (Jakarta International Video Festival) and ARKIPEL (Jakarta International Documentary and Experimental Film Festival). In 2018, he presented a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Indonesia titled Social Organism.
Eric Baudelaire (1973, USA) is a visual artist who lives and works in Paris. His body of work consists of videos, photographs, printmaking, and installations and focuses on the relationship between images and events, between fact and fiction. His work has been shown at film festivals in Toronto, Locarno, New York, Marseille, and Rotterdam, in the collections of Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, MACBA in Barcelona, MoMA in New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris and he had a solo exhibition in Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art. In 2019, Baudelaire won the Prix Marcel Duchamp, the most prestigious art prize in France. His latest work Un film dramatique (2019) is screening in Deep Focus during IFFR 2020.
The Nest Collective
Nest Collective is a multi-disciplinary art collective from Nairobi. Since its inception in 2012, Nest Collective has worked on an oeuvre of films, music, fashion, visual arts and literature, such as the acclaimed queer film Stories of Our Lives, which has been shown in over 80 countries and received multiple awards. As part of the IFFR commissioned works project African Collectives, The Nest Collective made the short film Tapi!, which will have its world première at IFFR 2020.
IFFR Sessions will be moderated by curator and writer Rachael Rakes. She is currently Curator for Public Practice at BAK basis voor actuele kunst, an Editor at Large for Verso Books, and a Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center – where she co-curates the annual experimental nonfiction festival Art of the Real. IFFR Sessions is co-programmed by Rachael Rakes and IFFR programmers Peter van Hoof and Julian Ross.