6 capsules from www.instagram.com/katsakh
at the European Media Art Festival (EMAF) № 34 part of the program "Show us the money and we will resist" curated by Nour Ouayda .
Starting Wednesday 21st of April.
"This recourse to social media, and especially a platform such as Instagram, has gained more importance since the beginning of the pandemic. Structures such as the Beirut Art Center have been using these platforms to host their online micro-commissions while Rehla, an underground experimental magazine, uses it to publish found footage mashups that relate to a monthly theme explored in each issue. We also see filmmakers and video artists using these platforms as an extension to their work and research such as Chantal Partamian’s Katsakh account in which she explores various analogue film processes through short capsules that allow us to peek into her experimental film practice. Zaatari describes his videos from the time he worked at Future TV as “moments stolen from television and not produced by television.” The freedom to experiment is not only one that is granted but one that is taken and reclaimed in order to hijack and subvert a certain production apparatus. “Let’s raid the television”, Fouad Naïm and Mohamed Soueid used to say. Echoing two distinct moments in time (Lebanon of the mid-1990s and today), the works in this program unfold various unexpected gestures in film and video experimentation that act as small beacons of resistance, showing that different modes of production are always still possible. So: Show us the money, give us access to the infrastructures, and we will resist."