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Hale Tenger

Hale Tenger, Under (still), 2019

Single channel HD video, color, sound (stereo), 3 min 10 sec

Based on three different conversations, one imaginary, one spontaneously documented, and one undocumented, “Garden Conversations” brings together three works: Hale Tenger’s Under (2019), Anike Joyce Sadiq’s Visited by a Tiger (2020) and Bouchra Khalili’s Garden Conversation (2014), which lends the programme its title. Some fictional, some documentarian, these three video works narrate conversations between birds, hunters and a tree; a psychologist, a book and an artist; and two revolutionaries, Ernesto Guevara and Abdelkrim Al Khattabi, a Moroccan anticolonial leader, who showed the world that it was possible to triumph over a European colonial power in African territories in the 1920s. Poetically, carefully and slowly, all the video works share conversations that need to be heard for solidarity, meditation and compassion to be possible. Not only referring to political and psychological inspirations throughout history and the ethics of international solidarity, the video programme also revolves around notions of freedom, eco-feminism and justice. Through these engaging conversations, three women from different generations and geographic backgrounds create challenging works that generate their own methodologies and discourse.

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