Apr – May 2016
Central Saint Martins
June Giavanni Pan-African Cinema Archive
Alex and Chloe and a larger team co-curated a display at Central Saint Martins that explored the extent of how singular archival objects can reveal vital information about past events, subjective memories, collective movements and moments of cultural significance.
The June Giavanni Pan Africa Cinema Archive is UK's largest personal collection of films, ephemera, manuscripts, publications, audio, photography, posters documenting Pan African cinema. The exhibition showcased four objects from the archive to demonstrate the breadth and depth of possible discovery that exists within and beyond all of the materials June has collected. From just illuminating a minimal portion of the archive we revealed a myriad of intricate stories. The VHS player starts humming, the DVD player whirs; allusions to events spilled off from pamphlets, missives and photographs. Actors, directors, producers; lighting crew, costume designers, props, sets, sponsors... Little by little, intricate stories are mapped onto the expanding web of relations from the June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive.