Artist Talk and CinemAfrica: Sosena Solomon at Konsthall C

Screening and conversation between Sosena Solonom and Loulou Cherinet

Sosena Solomon´s "Itifworq / Double Gold" is history as it is retold and remembered. Set in the home of Itifworq Kifle, this experimental docu-memoir centers the reflections of the 94 year old matriarch from her time as a young guerrilla fighter in the Ethiopian antifascist resistance. Sosena Solomon prompts the experience of remembrance and biography through her grandmother Itifworq, through conversations in the domestic- on the bed, in the living room with camera astride. Meaning ‘more than enough gold/ double gold’ in Amharic, her name lends to the qualities of resilience and brilliance in the face of repression. At 12 years of age, her childhood was interrupted by Mussolini’s invasion of Ethiopia and the consequent Italian occupation. Itifworq’s family (including her grandfather's uncle, a famous Oromo General of Emperor Menelik II) fled from Addis Ababa to join the resistance army at the eastern front. As a young guerrilla soldier, Itifworq took up arms, prepared food, triaged the wounded for two years during the Italo-Ethiopian war in 1935. Her place within Ethiopia’s history is a point of pride and marker of identity for Itifworq, yet these recollections mark a rare and tender moment in the company of her granddaughter.

This event is organized in collaboration with CinemAfrica Film Festival. Free admission!

Sosena Solomon is an award winning social documentary film and multimedia visual artist from Ethiopia. Intuitively selecting subjects and stories, she is particularly interested in spaces of transition and change, acting as a cultural preservationist. Her work, whether presented as a film or an immersive 3-dimensional experience, explores cross sections of various subcultures and communities in flux, carefully teasing out cultural nuances and capturing personal narratives via arresting visual storytelling and cinéma vérité stylings.

Sosena earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Social Documentary Film from The School of Visual Arts in New York, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Television Production from Temple University.

Loulou Cherinet is baded in Stockholm and studied at Addis Abeba University School of Fine Art and Design and the Royal Institut of Art, Stockholm. She is a professor at the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design. Her artistic practice is largely outside Sweden, primarily in Ethiopia, in the form of ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations.

När: March 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - March 1, 2018, 9 p.m.

Var: Konsthall C Cigarrvägen 14-16 / Stockholm

Arrangör: Konsthall C och CinemAfrica Sweden