Christian Nyampeta Sometimes It Was Beautiful
Or how collective film criticism becomes critical cinema itself.
The film features an unusual group of friends who gather to watch and critique films made by Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist in the Congo between 1948 and 1952. Their discussion highlights enduring tensions surrounding social transformation, cultural property, and who has the right to representation.
Co-presented with Travelling sources, an art and reflection festival about communities travelling imperial borders carrying endangered sources of storytelling.
Christian Nyampeta is an artist living in New York from where he organizes programs, exhibitions, screenings, performances, and publications, which are conceived as hosting structures for collective feeling, cooperative thinking, and mutual action. Nyampeta convenes the Nyanza Working Group of ARAC—Another Roadmap School, and he is the convener of Boda Boda Lounge 2022-2024, a trans-African film and video art festival. His other recent and ongoing activities include participating in the 58th Carnegie International, Manifesta 14 Prishtina, and the 17th Istanbul Biennial. He was awarded the 2019 Art Prize Future of Europe from the GfZK and the European Union Prize at the 12th Bamako Encounters—African Biennial of Photography in 2019. Nyampeta sits on the Board of Directors at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, and he is a board member of November Magazine, also in New York.