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Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Institut français du Royaume-Uni
21.07.2022, 19h00

Manthia Diawara: A Letter from Yene; Institut français du Royaume-Uni, London

International premiere of Manthia Diawara’s film, A Letter from Yene, produced by Maumaus/Lumiar Cité and commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative as part of Serpentine’s Back to Earth project.

The screening is followed by a conversation between the artist and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine. This event is presented in collaboration with Institut français du Royaume-Uni.

A Letter from Yene emerges from conversations with the community in the seaside town of Yene, Senegal, where Diawara lives for part of the year. The area was traditionally and primarily occupied by fishermen and farmers but has in recent decades been besieged by coastal erosion and uncontrolled urbanisation. Fish have become scarce and the pirogues, traditional fishing boats, cannot go far enough into the sea, so their owners have turned to new occupations. Modern fishing requires motorised boats and large nets made from non-biodegradable wires that become lethally entangled with purple coral, and human detritus, eventually washing up on shores like woven creatures of the sea. The women who used to smoke fish and preserve it as part of a sustainable mode of living now sell pebbles to the owners of the newly built houses. The sand, granite, shells and pebbles that affluent house owners buy to build, decorate and protect their homes against the winds and salt of the sea contribute, ironically, to the degradation of the bottom layers of the ocean and intensify coastal erosion.

Diawara’s documentary unfolds as if it were a letter written to the viewer. In A Letter from Yene, the filmmaker is not only the storyteller, but also the owner of one of the houses along the beach. Following encounters between fishermen, pebble collectors and himself, Diawara explores how their intersecting lives collectively and unknowingly contribute to the undermining of their shared environment.

Institut français du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensberry Pl
South Kensington
London SW7 2DT

A Letter from Yene
A film by Manthia Diawara

Produced by Maumaus/Lumiar Cité

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine’s Back to Earth project

With additional support from
Portuguese Ministry of Culture/Directorate General of the Arts
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Dakar

17 Queensberry Pl
South Kensington
London
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Call 2023
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Upcoming:

Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Institut français du Royaume-Uni
21.07.2022
19h00

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.

Current:

Seminar
Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to admin@maumaus.org by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.


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