Foreword to Guns for Banta

Foreword to Guns for Banta is the first UK solo exhibition by Paris-based artist Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, following his two-month residency at Gasworks.

Abonnenc examines the power of images, but also their absence, in the construction and understanding of the revolutionary movements pushing for the decolonisation of Africa. Using the films and fragmented memories of Sarah Maldoror - a pioneering yet little known French filmmaker of Guadeloupean origin - Abonnenc juxtaposes archival images and texts to reflect upon the afterlife of the militant image.

The exhibition at Gasworks focuses on Maldoror's lost film Guns for Banta (1970), shot in Guinea-Bissau and subsequently confiscated by the Algerian army, who had initially financed it to be used as a propaganda tool. To this day the reels have not been returned and all that remains are some photographs and memories.

As a retrospective foreword to an absent film, Abonnenc's work tells the story of his search for Guns for Banta and explores the figures of the militant, the filmmaker and the photographer, examining their respective functions in the making of a revolution.

Image: Still from the shoot of Sarah Maldoror's film Guns for Banta (1970). Courtesy Suzanne Lipinska
Foreword to Guns for Banta


Event Title: Foreword to Guns for Banta
Postcode: Gasworks, 155 Vauxhall Street , London SE11 5RH
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