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Thursday, Mar 23 at 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

South Africa: Crossing the River Without a Bridge

US Premiere followed by conversation with Martha Rosler and Mathilde Walker-Billaud

South Africa: Crossing the River Without a Bridge is a work-in-progress based on the tapes from Rosler’s time in South Africa a few months after Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990, in which she taught at the University and worked with community groups. She has been working with the resulting footage periodically, about once a decade, ever since. This latest cut was completed with assistance from editor Adam Khalil. In its relentless movement through spaces and conversations, it presents a multi-dimensional portrait of housing injustice in action.


South Africa: Crossing the River Without a Bridge

68 min., 2016

68 min

Martha Rosler’s work focuses on the public sphere and landscapes of everyday life, especially as they affect women. Her early feminist videos Semiotics of the Kitchen (1975) and Vital Statistics of a Citizen, Simpy Obtained (1977) are now considered classics. Her works addressing housing, homelessness, and urban processes, including the role of artists in gentrification, have been staged in many cities and countries since 1989, most recently in Manhattan in 2015. Rosler lives and works in Brooklyn.

Mathilde trained and worked as an editor and a cultural producer in Paris. She was a Program Officer for the Book Office at the French Embassy (www.frenchculture.org) and at Villa Gillet in the USA (www.wallsandbridges.net). She now works freelance in New York City.

This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.


Thursday, Mar 23
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Free - $10


BROOKLYN, NY 11211 United States

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