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About the event
Explore ideas of the “other” and the alien in this screening of short films by Neil Beloufa, Meriem Bennani, and Bertrand Dezoteux. This event is the first of two screening sessions that accompany the exhibition Alien vs. Citizen. The artists in this grouping play with different meanings of the word “alien,” which relates to one’s legal status in the US, but also brings to mind images of extraterrestrial creatures.
Drawing from the evocative imagery of sci-fi, Neil Beloufa, Meriem Bennani, and Bertrand Dezoteux each set their works in futuristic times and territories, in which the characters are either extraterrestrials or "posthumans," whose bodies, minds, and speech diverge from terrestrial norms. Each film plays with the double meaning of the word “alien:” they appropriate elements from science-fiction cinema to reflect on immigration, diasporic communities, and representation as seen through the colonial gaze.
The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with artist Meriem Bennani and Line Ajan, MCA Barjeel Global Fellow. MCA Screenings feature works of contemporary cinema that expand traditional notions of moviegoing.
This presentation is organized by Line Ajan, Barjeel Global Fellow, with the Performance and Public Practice team.