Excuse me, while I disappear.
Written, directed, filmed and edited by Michael MacGarry
HD video on BluRay (boxset)
19 minutes 10 seconds
Colour, stereo, 25 fps
2015
Edition 5 +2 A.P.

This film was made in Kilamba Kiaxi, a new city built outside Luanda, Angola. The city was built by Chinese construction company CITIC for 3.5 billion US$ and financed by Hong Kong-based China International Fund. The new city is to be home to more than 250 000 people, and is the single largest investment project by China in Africa.

The film’s narrative follows a young municipal worker who lives by night in the old city centre of Luanda and works by day as a groundskeeper at the new city of Kilamba Kiaxi far away. We see him on his morning commute and daily routine sweeping the new city streets. He daydreams and stares at the new buildings. Unable to contain his curiosity, he sneaks into an apartment block, and in turn breaks into an unoccupied apartment. He watches Australian cricket on television. Following the lunch hour siren he climbs to the roof of the building and quietly disappears.

Conceptually, the film is concerned with the visual mechanics of mid- century European ethnographic cinema, African science-fiction, the ‘Metropolitan Picturesque’ and Chinese visual perspective.


Awards
- El Ray Award for Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking - Barcelona Film Festival 2015
- Jury Award (Honourable Mention), 13th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Bangkok, 2015
- Jury Award (Honourable Mention), 19th VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo, 2015
- Nominated: Huysmans Young Africa Filmmaker Award 2015 - Finalist

Film Festivals & Programmes
- Bergen International Film Festival, Norway
- Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisboa
- Baghdad International Film Festival, Iraq
- 13th International Festival Signes de Nuit 2015 - Lisboa, Saarbrücken, Bangkok
- CINEMIGRANTE Film Festival, Buenos Aires
- 7th Cairo International Video Festival, Egypt
- 20th Afrika Film Festival de Belgique (AFF), Belgium
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015
- The Johannesburg Pavilion; 56th la Biennale di Venezia; Venice, Italy

Museum Exhibitions
- Sub-Sahara: Accelerated Urbanism in Africa, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, 2016
- 19th SESC_VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo, Brasil
- After Africa; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Humlebaek, Denmark
- Africa Salon; Yale University, Connecticut; 2015
- Making Africa, co-curated by Okwui Enwezor and Amelie Klein; Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein; 2015 (Exhibition tour 2016: Guggenheim Bilbao, CCCB Barcelona)

 

   

 


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Michael MacGarry, contemporary African art, African art, contemporary art, Africa, sculpture