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Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC)
Production | Production déléguée | collectif d'artistes

Smoking Dogs Films
26 Shacklewell Lane
E8 2EZ LONDRES
Grande-Bretagne
tel.1 : +44 (0)20 7249 6644
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site : http://www.smokingdogsfilms.com/bafc/index.html

 

1982-1998

Le Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) a été formé à Hackney, Londres, en 1982 par John Akomfrah, Reece Auguiste, Edward George, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, David Lawson et Trevor Mathison.
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Le Collectif a été dissout en 1998 ; ses membres continuent de travailler individuellement (John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul et David Lawson ont créé ensemble la société de production Smoking Dogs Films, en 1998).

Bibliographie
Akomfrah, John (a),'Sneaking Ghosts Through the Back Door', Black Film Bulletin, Spring 1993, p. 3
Akomfrah, John (b),'Wishful Filming', Black Film Bulletin, Summer 1993), p. 14
Fyle, Chenaii A,'Black Cinema in Britain: What way forward?' [interview with David Lawson], Artrage, September 1994, pp. 38-9
Jackson, Lynne and Jean Rasenberger,'Young, British and Black', Cineaste 16:4, 1988, pp. 24-5
Paul Ward, Reference Guide to British and Irish Film Directors

Plus d'infos :
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/502424/

Country: United Kingdom
Established: 1982
Disbanded: 1998

Black Audio Film Collective (BAFC) is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential artist groups to emerge from Britain, also considered as a pioneering film and video workshop collective initiative. Set up in response to the civil disturbances in Brixton in 1981, against British institutional racism, there was a concerted effort by Channel Four Television, the local metropolitan councils and the films and television unions collectively as part of a movement for greater cultural and political representation for and by black people in Britain; and to provide financial and structural support to black media and cultural makers, in order to promote a black cultural presence in the British media and arts.

Thus, BAFC was founded in 1982. Based in East London, BAFC was initially formed by seven Black British and diaspora multimedia undergraduate students in Sociology and Fine Art from Portsmouth Polytechnic: John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, Reece Auguiste, Trevor Mathison, Edward George and Claire Johnson, who left in 1985 and was replaced by David Lawson. By many accounts, BAFC was also the expression of a generation of diasporic subjects that seized the term of political blackness as an identity marker as well as a claim to political visibility.

Characterised by an interest in memory, history, and aesthetics, the collective produced award-winning film, photography, slide-tape, video, installation, posters, and interventions; creating a series of defiantly experimental works that engaged with black popular and political culture in Britain. The group was also instrumental in bringing an awareness of avant-garde film from Africa, India and South America to the UK.

BAFC was one of the contributors to Iniva's 2008 ‘Exiles, Diasporas & Strangers' and part of the 1995 group exhibition ‘Mirage: Enigmas Of Race, Difference & Desire', organised by Iniva in collaboration with the ICA and curated by David A Bailey.

Handsworth Songs (1986), Twilight City (1987), Testament (1988), The Mysteries of July (1991) and Who needs a Heart (1991) won them a series of international awards. The BAFC participating in British survey exhibitions such as ‘From Two Worlds' in Whitechapel Gallery (1986), The British Art Show in Hayward Gallery (1990), as well as international exhibitions such as Documenta X (1997) and Documenta XI (2002).

‘Twilight City' (1989) was exhibited at South London Gallery's group exhibition ‘The Place is Here' in (2017).

The Collective formally dissolved in 1998, after which John Akomfrah, Lina Gopaul, and David Lawson went on to found Smoking Dogs Films which has produced several of John Akomfrah's single-authored films.

The first major retrospective of the BAFC, ‘The Ghosts of Songs', toured in 2007.
Source: www.iniva.org/library/digital-archive/people/b/black-audio-film-collective/

The Black Audio Film Collective was formed in Hackney, London in 1982 by John Akomfrah, Reece Auguiste, Edward George, Lina Gopaul, Avril Johnson, David Lawson and Trevor Mathison. It was one among many such collectives founded in Britain during the early- to mid- 1980s - including Sankofa, Ceddo and ReTake. This period was characterised on the one hand by the founding of Channel Four and the ACCT Workshop Declaration (both 1982), which encouraged innovative independent work, and on the other hand by the increasingly free market ideology of Thatcherism. The Collective was at the forefront of debates about the politics of representation: their work argues that'"their racial identities grow out of their social and political histories; they call for a recognition that these racial differences are multiple and complex... they interrogate their own images to confirm their histories" (Jackson and Rasenberger, p. 24).

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The Collective dissolved in 1998, though its members - most notably Akomfrah - continue to work individually.

Bibliography
Akomfrah, John (a),'Sneaking Ghosts Through the Back Door', Black Film Bulletin, Spring 1993, p. 3
Akomfrah, John (b),'Wishful Filming', Black Film Bulletin, Summer 1993), p. 14
Fyle, Chenaii A,'Black Cinema in Britain: What way forward?' [interview with David Lawson], Artrage, September 1994, pp. 38-9
Jackson, Lynne and Jean Rasenberger,'Young, British and Black', Cineaste 16:4, 1988, pp. 24-5

Paul Ward, Reference Guide to British and Irish Film Directors

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Expeditions One: Signs of Empire 1984
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Fondatrice/teur
Trevor Mathison
David Lawson [UK]
Lina Gopaul
John Akomfrah
Avril Johnson
Edward George
Reece Auguiste

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John Akomfrah

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