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What would it take to create a different tomorrow? This is the question addressed by the Prolonged Perspectives Artist Talk: Filmmakers Zara Zandieh and Jeremiah Mosese, and author Priya Basil discuss the core themes of their work with journalist Amina Aziz.

As part of the Lange Nacht der Ideen, hosted by the Federal Foreign Office, the Humboldt Forum is inviting these three Berlin artists to discuss the theme: How Soon is Tomorrow? Over the past six months, all three have been commissioned by the Humboldt Forum to create video works exploring how colonialism and coloniality continue to influence us aesthetically, socially and politically. Their works also discuss the question of how this is addressed in the Humboldt Forum – a controversial new space in the centre of Berlin.

In her short film Locked In and Out, Priya Basil takes a critical look at the genesis and objectives of the Humboldt Forum, investigating the symbolism of the reconstruction of the Berlin Palace. Her film premiered on 16 December 2020, and is available to view with following link.

Zara Zandieh’s film Octavia’s Vision draws its themes from the work of Afro-American author Octavia E Butler. Zandieh uses poetic and political images to combine Butler’s themes with contemporary issues such as new nationalism, persistent colonialism and the effects of environmental destruction.

In his work A Black Man Who Sold His Skin, filmmaker Jeremiah Mosese, from Lesotho, juxtaposes the familiar aesthetics of his childhood and youth with the reconstructed façade of the Humboldt Forum. Inspired by the Basotho prayer The Old God Worships the New God, he creates a very personal approach to reconciling the injustices of the past with the grace of the future.

Both Zara Zandieh’s and Jeremiah Mosese’s works will have their first public screening in September as part of Change in Perspective: a large-scale video installation in the Schlüter Courtyard.

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