Ashes and Diamonds in Nollywood
Discussion with Janek Simon

Ashes and Diamonds [Popiół i diament] in the Nigerian film industry – Nollywood, as well as about the numerous contexts in which the project is inscribed: the issue of the assessment of communism in Poland, the history of Nigeria and the manner of construction of nationalism in Africa, the relations between peripheries or the history of black cinematography.

The talk is illustrated by fragments of Nollywood movies and materials shot by the author during his stays in Nigeria.

Janek Simon (born 1977) lives and works in Warsaw. Conceptual artist and occasional curator. Interested in cultural geography and, in particular, in the issue of difference and distance between places, anarchism, ethics and the DIY practices, as well as the possibilities to use the forms of science to produce meanings in art. His works were presented, among others, during Manifesta 7, the Biennale in Liverpool and individual exhibitions in the Bristol Arnolfini, Casino Luxembourg and numerous public institutions in Poland. In 2007, Simon was awarded the main prize in the “Views” contest [“Spojrzenia”] and was nominated to Polityka’s Passport [Paszport Polityki]. In the years 2008-2012, he was the head of the Goldex Poldex non-commercial artistic space in Cracow.

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Other archival events from that cycle:

19:00 Film screening Ashes and Diamonds in NollywoodDiscussion with Janek Simon Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Kya hua is shahar ko? (What Has Happened to This City?) - dir. Deepa Dhanraj Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Death Metal Angola (dir. Jeremy Xido) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Oberhausen on tour Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening From Gulf to gulf to Gulf - CAMP Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening The Fencing Play (dir. Lukas Jiřička, Martin Ježek, Robert Piotrowicz) and Exterior Extended (dir. Siegfried A. Fruhauf) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Island Jungle (dir. Jack Smith) and Cobra Woman (dir. Robert Siodmak) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening Haiti: art, Kanaval and vodouDiscussion with Leah Gordon (Ghetto Biennale) and Sebastian Rypson (Anthropologists in Art) Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw
19:00 Film screening The Irreducible Difference Of The Other (2013) & Beauty Becomes The Beast (1979) by Vivienne Dick Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Emilia Pavilion
ul. Emilii Plater 51, Warsaw