AINA ŠMID, ZVONKA SIMČIČ Images of Struggle / Decoloniality, 2011 video, 30:00
Following the thoughts of Dalida Benfield (USA), Nadia Granados (Colombia), Marina Gržinić (Slovenia), Fabiano Kueva (Ecuador), Walter Mignolo (Argentina, USA), José Alejandro Restrepo (Colombia), Fabian Esteban Alvarez Rojas (Colombia), Javier Romero (Bolivia), Alex Schlenker (Ecuador) and Camilo Vargas (Colombia), the video-film Images of Struggle / Decoloniality explores explicit and implicit antagonisms and differences in global capitalism.
The participants (we) reflect simultaneously on our own positions in relation to those who “are left and/or forced to die”, and on the nature of territory, borders. The world is global but at the same time, like Europe itself, without memory, history! At the core of the video film is the issue of the instrumentalization of life and resistance, with querying struggle and solutions to neoliberal global capitalist exploitations. Each protagonist takes a clear performative position, talking to the audience, provoking the audience, and also talking about a possible political situation to be identified.
Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid, Ljubljana, Slovenia, have been making videos since 1982. In their 30 years of collaborative engagement, they have presented and exhibited video works and video installations at more than 100 video festivals around the world, and they have received several major awards for their video production.
Marina Gržinić is Professor of Conceptual Art at The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She has published hundreds of articles and essays and several books.
Aina Šmid is Professor of Art History at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, and at present she is a freelance writer.
From 2010 to 2012 Gržinić and Šmid collaborated with Zvonka Simčič, Ljubljana.