Film presentation. Podium discussion with Magali Dougoud and the independent curator and cultural producer Eleni Riga
The video "The Blue Continuum" by Magali Dougoud is a cinematic investigation of the feminicides in the waterways of Berlin. The story connects all the women who were killed and drowned in the city's rivers. A new population has emerged from this loss and violence: the Womxn Waves. In the liquid, they reappropriated the sounds, textures and intervals of their voices. Once the water in their bodies merged with the water in them, they were ready to build a common body for the uprising. In a poetic approach and a narrative aesthetic that slides into speculative fiction, the video questions gender violence and correlates it with human's domination over nature. The immersion in the turbulent images of the "Blue Continuum" by Magali Dougoud inspires the vertigo of a fall into the flow of a liquid world, where faceless, watery subjectivities drift in the murky waters of capital. (...) In this enlarged landscape, certainwaves - feminists - and certain dives - deadly – are surfacing. Julie Sas
Le Continuum Bleu (The Blue Continuum) by Magali Dougoud 2021 video HD, 47mn 44 with: Amélie Chérubin Soulières, Lara Khattabi, Natalia Wilk camera: Magali Dougoud, Nicolàs Cifuentes text: Magali Dougoud music: Julie Magnenat, Vanny Bosch sound and mixing: Magali Moronval editing: Magali Dougoud production: Apophyse Production - Lausanne (CH), Chakalaka Films - Paris (FR) with the support of: Canton of Vaud, The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, ABA Air Berlin Alexanderplatz
Magali Dougoud (1986-CH) is a visual artist based in Lausanne (CH), graduated from HEAD-Geneva and HKB-Bern in Visual Arts. Magali Dougoud’s personal work has been shown in various art spaces, museums and festivals including the last Kyiv Biennial 2021 (UKR), the French Institut and the National Museum in Kinshasa (DRC), the Museum of Modern Art in Chiloe (CL), the Contemporary Art Center Los Cerillos in Santiago (CL), Errant Sound Art Project in Berlin (D), The Art Center l’Antre Peaux in Bourge (FR), the DOC! and the Houloc in Paris (FR), the Zurich Art Weekend (CH), the Art Forum Baloise Park and Klingental Austellungsraum in Basel (CH) and the GPS, Manoir de la Ville de Martigny (CH). She has participated in several residencies including CAB in Tierra del Fuego, Puerto Yartou (CL) in 2019, Air Berlin Alexanderplatz (DE), at the Cité Internationale des Arts and Kin ArtStudio, Kinshasa (DRC) in partnership with Pro Helvetia. She is part of the collective Room to Bloom, a feminist art platform for ecological and postcolonial narratives. Magali Dougoud dismantles dominant historical and scientific narratives to find other possible subjectivities. She develops an emancipatory feminine imagination through notions such as liquidity - as a means of heterogeneous connection -, violence, eroticism, plural and inter-species intelligence. Her work, mainly video, but also text, sound and installation is inspired by hydrofeminism*, the idea that we are all "Bodies of Water". Water, as an omnipresent motif in her work, allows ambiguous and hybrid figures, often in revolt, to create new narratives in which voices multiply, repeat and overlap. * NEIMANIS Astrida, Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology, Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
Eleni Riga has worked as a curator, educator, cultural producer and writer.
Her practice focuses on the politics of care, ecofeminism, social and environmental justice. Previously, she worked at the Adult & Academics Programs at MoMA, she directed the Contemporary Art Department of Eleusis 2023-European Capital of Culture and she was curatorial assistant at documenta 14. As an independent art professional, she has collaborated with many institutions in Europe such as ADAGP, Balkan Projects, Cnap, Counterpoints Arts, Festival Antigel, IFA, Goethe Athens, IFA, Ministère de la culture Français, Rennes Ville, Rennes Métropole, Stegi- Ωνάσης, Snenta, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Takis Foundation tavros.space.
Selected recent exhibitions: The Office of Hydrodcommons, ATOPOS cvc (2023), Tender Arrangements, NOUCMAS (2022), Crossroads (2022); Commemorating Amnesia (2022); New Monuments (2021); Radical Empathies (2021), Callirrhoë. Selected recent residencies: Tailor Made residency at Onassis AiR in Athens, in the Research Residency by G. & Α. Mamidakis Foundation in Agios Nikolaos, GENERATOR residency by 40mcube in Rennes (FR) and Virtual Residency by ARCAthens, Bronx.
Eleni Riga studied Communication, Media and Culture at Panteion University in Αthens and she holds two master degrees in curatorial studies from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in Paris and Konstfack University in Stockholm.