Toni Serra – Workshops @ Carleton

El taller con Toni Serra comenzó con una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con Serra, en la que explicó a los estudiantes participando en el taller su proceso de crear arte y su visión del mundo. Esta fue seguida por Entremundos, una proyección de varios de los cortometrajes de Serra. El evento fue abierto a todo el campus como parte del Foro Internacional de Cine en Carleton, y le siguió una sesión de preguntas y respuestas con Serra. El taller de Serra concluyó con una presentación, Hacking the Veil (Hackear el velo). Central al trabajo que presentó Serra es una discusión de las limitaciones de la representación para capturar la realidad. La obra de Serra problematiza las imágenes que son envasadas y fácilmente disponibles para espectadores en nuestra sociedad, intentando de exponer su capacidad para la perpetuación de estereotipos dañinos y otras limitaciones a entender nuestra realidad social y más amplia. Serra exploró este componente de su obra en términos explícitamente políticos en su discurso Hacking the Veil, que los estudiantes asistieron como la etapa final del taller, donde Serra estableció una conexión entre los ‘bordes’ creados por las representaciones estereotípicas de migrantes y la vigilancia policial física de las fronteras en Europa.


The workshop with Toni Serra began with a question and answer session with Serra, where he explained his artmaking process and worldview to the students participating in the workshop. This was followed by Entremundos, a screening of several of Serra’s short films. The screening was open to the entire campus as part of Carleton’s International Film Forum, and was followed by a Q&A session with Serra. Serra’s workshop concluded with a presentation, Hacking the Veil. Central to the work Serra presented is a discussion of the limitations of representation in capturing reality. Serra’s work problematizes the images that come readily packaged for spectators in our society, seeking to expose their capacity for the perpetuation of harmful stereotypes and other limitations to understanding our social and greater reality. This component of Serra’s work was put in explicitly political terms in his talk Hacking The Veil, which students attended as the final stage of the workshop, where Serra made a connection between the ‘borders’ created by stereotypical representations of migrants and the physical policing of borders in Europe.

Video of Toni Serra/Abu Ali’s Presentation

Video shown during Toni Serra/Abu Ali’s Presentation: «Hacking the Veil»

«The border tends to occupy the totality of the system and become center itself. Under the shadow of borders where control is out of control, a new totalitarian order seems to grow expanding the non-being zone. Usually we listen about migration in terms of politics, economics, demographics, … but rarely in terms of knowledge and wisdom; a wisdom of which we are truly needy.

This is a kind of videoessay by Abu Ali, with excerpts coming from very different footage: independent documentaries, film, commercials, propaganda, interviews,… all of them credit at the end of the video.
[only for educational purposes]…

This video essay is part of a lecture pointing key issues in its three chapters: The Colonial Trace, The Border as a Center, The non-being Zones, deColonial Voices. al-barzaj.org/2014/06/hackeando-el-velo.html

It’s a in progress project… the one here is the versión that was screened at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota. Thanks to Palmar Alvarez» More information…

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