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Moippen Mama! Screening and PUSH / PULL

September 8, 2022 @ 6:00 pm 9:00 pm UTC+2

Aros Allé 2, Aarhus, Denmark

Join Flux Factory for a screening of the new film Moippen Mama! by Makoto “Chill” Okubo. The film will be followed PUSH / PULL by Maureen Catbagan, Abdul Dube, Makoto Chill Okubo, and Wren Noble. PUSH / PULL is a multimedia performance that examines the interplay between constraint and attachment, tension and dependency through different acts of tethering and marking. Through the lens of queerness and diasporic movements, the piece explores the complicated histories and interrelations between bodies, material resources, technology, and surveillance.

Film Synopsis:
Filming in subjective camera, the author follows their japanese mother on a trip to Japan in 2013. From Kôbe to the areas affected by the March 2011 tsunami and the house of writer Natsume Sôseki, we discover a poetic mother, and the complex relationship between the two. Gradually a portrait emerges emerges of two « in between ». With the archival footage shot In Japan by the grandfather between 1931 and 1940, the transgenerational question arises, with its connection to the disaster too. This travel through the country is also an initiation trip through time, an intimate confrontation with the impermanence of things. the Mujô.

Participant Biographies

Makoto C. Friedmann (aka Makoto Chill Okubo), born in 1984, is a director, cinematographer and
a photographer. They live and work in Paris. They have collaborated with artists: Beyoncé & Jay Z, Jeff Mills, Mansfield.TYA, Philippe Grandrieux, Vimala Pons, Bernardo Montet, François Chaignaud, Patricia Allio, Eléonore Weber, Benjamin Karim Bertrand, Violaine Lochu, Lucie Antunes, Léonie Pernet, Jeanne Added, Museums : Musée de l’Orangerie/musée d’Orsay, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, labels : Cry Baby, Warrior Records, InFiné.  Their first documentary film “Moippen Mama!” made in 2016 has been screened in various Festivals : FIFF Créteil, ICE Festvial, BPI mois du documentaire, Photo Saint-Germain, Every Women Biennal NY – Best Film Award Their photographic work has been shown at the Maison de la Culture du Japon in Paris, les filles du Calvaires gallery, Agnès B. gallery, Lieu 37 gallery, 21 gallery, Paris 7 university, H.E.C., at Dupon Central, at Point Ephemère.

Maureen Catbagan is a Filipinx American, multi-media artist based in New York whose work engages social collectivity, examines relations between identity and experience, and explores new forms of empowerment. Collaborative projects include Object II Body with artist IV Castellanos, Abang-guard with artist Jevijoe Vitug, Flux Factory, and HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? Collective. They have also written critical essays with Dr. Amber Jamilla Musser. Catbagan has performed and exhibited in venues such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Center for Book Arts in New York, Witte de Withe Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, and The Cotemporary Museum in Honolulu.

Abdul Dube is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, curator and workshop facilitator based in Aarhus, Denmark. He was born in ‘||Hui !Gais’ indigenous Khoe language meaning “where clouds gather.” Now known only as  “(Cape Town)” South Africa. His work concerns questions of multicultural belonging, racism and resistance, intersectional solidarity, heritage, sustainability, Black imagination and activism. Abdul’s heritage related work includes facilitating an antiblack racism in our public archives workshop with Black Archives Sweden; teaching, writing and creating Zines for the Horizon-2020 funded project European Colonial Heritage Modalities in Entangled Cities; and Creative Liaison to the Aarhus Museum Education Department.

Wren Noble is a photographer and filmmaker living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She completed her MFA in Photography at Concordia University in Montréal before returning to New York City in 2017. Her work is primarily environmental documentary and archival narrative, dealing with topics of family, age, illness, identity, and queerness.

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