Steven Cairns moderating panel discussion with Minia Biabiany, Basir Mahmood and Laura Huertas Millan at Sharjah Film Platform. Sharjah Art Foundation, 2019.


This panel considers filmmaking practices that interrogate conventions of the ethnographic while examining their potential to convey embodied forms of knowledge and experience through storytelling. How can working closely with people to communicate their stories reveal how their context is entangled with that of the filmmaker? How do practitioners negotiate the power imbalances and politics of representation that are inherent to filmmaking? Three artists working in moving image address such questions through a discussion of their work.

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