Have Camera, Will Travel, 10 December 2012
Abonnenc's talk 'Have Camera, Will Travel' introduced his practice within the context of (predominately) French militant cinema. The event included a screening of Here and Elsewhere (1976) by Jean-Luc Godard, Anne-Marie Miéville and Jean-Pierre Gorin (53 min) and extracts from Far from Vietnam *(Godard, Klein, Lelouch, Marker, Resnais and Varda), *Africa Addio (Jacopetti), Shoah (Lanzmann) and The Laughing Man (Heynowski and Scheumann). Abonnenc discussed this film in relation to his new Pavilion commission, An Italian Film (Africa Addio), which takes the film Africa Addio as its starting point in order to engage with the way in which documentary film has, at different times, both reproduced and overthrown the alienation between the filmmaker and the filmed ‘other’.
The event was co-programmed with Amy Charlesworth and was the last in a series of events titled A Thing Like You and Me which re-examined the politics of representation, and the question of looking 'at' and 'to' one another in the twenty-first century.