Seeing What Montego Sees takes a point of departure Karabashmed, one of the oldest Russian metallurgical plants located near the city of Karabash in the Chelyabinsk region. Since it started operating in 1910, the plant has been amongst the main suppliers of metal in the country. However, its toxic waste has provoked ecological disaster, which was only addressed in 2004. Seeing What Montego Sees consists in a fictional trailer for a film that will be produced during the course of the exhibition. The film follows a tourist guide who is on holiday with a fellow tourist in Karabash. It is shot during a workshop focusing on the making of documentaries in polluted areas, which is organized by a local tourist agency in collaboration with the Russian copper company.
Winston Nanlohy (1986, Breda, NL) holds an BA in audiovisual from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He works mainly with video and photography, which are for him means to explore the “conflicting emotions” that unfamiliar environments, both cultural and topographical, provoke. His most recent films combine fictional and biographical elements, in an attempt to celebrate the multiple layers that compose the individual intellectually as well as emotionally.
- Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige – The Lebanese Rocket Society (2013), DCP 16/9, 92mn, Dolby Digital
In the early 60′s, during the cold war and the apex of Pan Arabism, a group of utopian students and researchers enters the race to space and create the Lebanese Rocket Society. Sometimes, dreams can overtake a tormented history…
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (France & Lebanon) have worked together as artists and filmmakers, shooting fictions films and documentaries. For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, memory and history of their country, Lebanon, its wars, its conflicts, its political battles. They re-appropriate political documentation, archives, landscapes, symbolic sites to create critical images by adapting them, by making their deterioration felt and by stressing the effects of time and memory as both very personal and collective. http://hadjithomasjoreige.com