21C_19C_Procedures For Anthropometric Image Reversal_ debate 04

A video impression of the fourth and cosiest debate of the series.

21C/19C_Procedures for Anthropometric Image Reversal is a performative 16mm filmwork on the painful colonial archive, specifically the anthropometric photography of 1860-1900. Western photographers took images, sometimes in a ‘scientific’ project, sometimes in a more exotic goal, always in an unequal power relation. I tested showing this filmwork in a series of debates, in order to find out how to contextualize this filmwork. In this debate, all people present are the special guests, talking about their impressions, the artwork, their experiences in a safe space, set up in Jane Amegah’s wonderful hair salon.