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The Gift (15) + Discussion with Jasmina Cibic, Owen Hatherley & Lucy Reynolds + Reception

Experiments in Film

Arial shot of a large industrial building surrounded by snow covered mountains in a still from The Gift.

In her most recent film, artist Jasmina Cibic seeks to explore the relationship between political gifting of culture and the development of European identity.

The film moves between several iconic buildings each conceived as a gift, and renders these into a stage set for a dystopian drama addressing culture’s role as a Trojan horse for political interest. Cibic's film features Niemeyer’s French Communist Party Headquarters in Paris, the Palais of the Nations in Geneva, the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw and Mount Buzludzha Bulgaria.

The event will explore the film's central themes, with a discussion between Jasmina Cibic, Owen Hatherley and Lucy Reynolds. In addition, we are excited to share a specially commissioned, limited-edition gift from the artist alongside an essay by Vid Simoniti, as a response to the film. We invite the audience to an informal reception in the cinema lobby to celebrate the new book in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art MAC Lyon and Film London.

Event Running Time: 90 minutes 

2021 dir Jasmina Cibic 28 min

The event is supported by the Cultural Fund run jointly by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs and aimed at promoting Slovenian culture abroad.

Jasmina Cibic: The Gift, 2021

Co-commissioned and co-produced by FLAMIN - Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network (with funding from Arts Council England), steirischer herbst ’19 and macLYON and co-produced with Waddington Studios London.

Supported by Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Cooper Gallery DJCAD, University of Dundee; Northern Film School; UGM Maribor Art Gallery; Museum of Yugoslavia; United Nations Geneva; Espace Niemeyer and Palace of Youth, Warsaw.

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