Cample Line is delighted to present Black Atlas (2016), a five-part installation by Stockholm-based Canadian artist Jacqueline Hoàng Nguyen, in the upstairs space. Based on photographs that Nguyen found in the archives of the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, Black Atlas reflects upon the nameless porters and caravan workers who transported an array of material from distant countries to the museum’s storage on behalf of some of its prominent benefactors. Nguyen has said that ‘Black Atlas shifts the viewer’s attention from singular world travellers and individuals to the deployment of local labour.’
Screening daily in counterpoint to Black Atlas are two films that explore related threads in our contemporary world. Laura Waddington’s 29min film CARGO (2001, 29mins), commissioned by International Film Festival Rotterdam, evokes the contradictions of a global freight network that services the movement of goods at the expense of the freedoms of the people that crew its ships. Based on a six-week journey she made on a container ship with Rumanian and Filipino sailors, Waddington has said of CARGO ‘it falls between reality and fiction. It was a way of showing the limbo these men were living in.’
Maeve Brennan’s The Drift (2017, 50mins 29sec) was produced by Spike Island, Bristol and Chisenhale, London, and commissioned by those venues along with The Whitworth, Manchester, and Lismore Castle Arts. It traces the shifting economies of objects in contemporary Lebanon through three individuals: Fakhry, Mohammed and Hashem. It draws out their embodied knowledge of materials and things – Fakhry guarding the Roman temple he rebuilt, Mohammed replacing salvaged car parts as he talks, Hashem silently repairing ceramic fragments – in contrast to the exploitative practices we glimpse at the sharper edge of conflict.
More information about the screening times here.
Image credit: Laura Waddington, still from CARGO (2001, 29mins, digibeta). Commissioned by IFFR, Rotterdam.
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