Friction Building, 4 films on colonial buildings / LaVallée / 2018

After a great evening in Antwerp, film program FRICTION BUILDING travels to LaVallée in Brussels!


Whether it is over old monuments or new place names, the tensions surrounding our country’s colonial heritage are rising. How to deal with colonial images that still live in our streets? What to do with all those buildings?

These questions are not only relevant in Belgium however. Four films, made in four different contexts, show us contemporary ways of dealing with the remnants of a violent past, from a French prison in Senegal that was transformed into an artisan atelier, to an imperialist statue in Portugal that has come to serve as a tourist attraction.

FRICTION BUILDING is an evening of short films curated by makers Anne Reijniers and Rob Jacobs, who will show their work ‘Échangeur’ as part of the program. Anne and Rob will discuss the meeting-points and frictions between the selected films.

The program is part of the exhibition dokountin#4 by mòsso.


Mamadou Khouma Gueye – Kedougou (2017, 23’)

Kedougou is a city located south east of Senegal located 750 km from Dakar. After Senegal obtained independence, a power struggle broke out between Senghor and Mamadou Dia, two members of the ruling party. Mamadou Dia was tried for high treason and exiled to Kedougou in the extreme south-east of Senegal. Since this event, “Kedougou” symbolises prison in the collective imagination.

In this film we follow Ibrahima who takes up residence and works inside the ruins of this famous prison. In his selfmade foundry, he makes pots, ladles, pans and other kitchen utensils. Immerse yourself in one of his working days, while prison walls tell the story of the dark hours of post-independence politics.

Andrés Padilla Domene – Ciudad Maya (2016, 24’)

In the city of Merida, Mexico, a group of young urban Maya, operate mysterious technological instruments to do some sort of archaeological survey of a ruined site. However, the monuments they are scanning are not ancient, but modern replicas. The film walks on the limits between science fiction and documentary to deconstruct the imaginary around Maya culture and their identity today.

Anne Reijniers & Rob Jacobs – Échangeur (2016, 33’)

In the streets of the metropolis of Kinshasa, young Congolese imagine their version of the colonial past. An empty pedestal that used to carry a Belgian monument functions as a junction, a point of intersection that connects different interpretations and forms of representation. « We consider Échangeur as one form of output of a larger project, an ongoing exchange between young people who are looking for ways to relate to the colonial past, its images and the continuation of colonial structures in the present. »

Ana Vaz – Occidente (2015, 15’)

A film-poem of an ecology of signs that speaks of colonial history repeating itself. Subalterns become masters, antiques become reproducible dinner sets, exotic birds become luxury currency, exploration becomes extreme-sport-tourism, monuments become geodata. A spherical voyage eastwards and westwards marking cycles of expansion in a struggle to find one’s place, one’s sitting around a table.

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