Film night for the exhibition of Alia Farid

On May 10, Kunsthalle Basel invited to a memorable film night in the presence of the artist Alia Farid. The evening began with a guided tour by the artist herself through the exhibition In Lieu of What Is. Afterward, two short films were presented on the big screen of Stadtkino Basel.

The latest short film by Alia Farid Chibayish, first released in April 2022 at the Whitney Biennial, was the opening of the film night and complemented the exhibition with a cinematic work by the artist. Its screening was followed by the short film An Uncomfortable Eagerness by Hilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, personally selected by the artist. Both films provided the audience with another perspective on the world’s most important resource, water. After the screening, 32 guests exchanged their thoughts on the films while enjoying refreshing drinks and popcorn and letting the mild spring evening slowly end.

The program included the following films:

Alia Farid, Chibayish, 2022
UHD video, color, sound; 24 mins 42 s
Filmed in the southern marshlands of Iraq with Riad Samir and Jassim and Qassim Mohammed
DoP: Mohammed Almubarak
Editors: Alia Farid and Mohammed Almubarak
Sound mastering: Joel Rodriguez
Color grading: Belal Hibri

Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves, Un afán incómodo – An Uncomfortable Eagerness, 2011
Country of production: Perú
HQ video, color, sound; 20 mins 33 s
Spanish with English subtitles
Music: Los Parafusos from digitized scores of Amazonian music
Courtesy: The artists and ProjecteSD, Barcelona

This event was organized in cooperation with the artist Alia Farid and Stadtkino Basel. We also sincerely thank Gilda Mantilla and Raimond Chaves for the loan of their film and the opportunity to present it to a wide audience.