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Interruptions: Nick Jordan

Concrete Forms of Resistance


6pm – 7.30pm

Filmed in Tripoli, Lebanon, Concrete Forms of Resistance is a documentary centred upon the city’s abandoned ‘Permanent International Fair’, designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in the mid-1960s. The film presents themes of progress and crisis, labour and capital, material and memory, contrasting the utopian vision of the original plans with the stark realities of sectarian divisions, regional conflicts and rising economic inequalities.

The film will be played with a live soundtrack score by Sam McLoughlin and David Chatton Barker.

About the Artist

Nick Jordan is an artist who works with film, drawing, painting, objects, publications and collaboration. The artist's short films deploy a documentary approach, photographed in direct response to particular locations. Combining original cinematography, voice-over, soundscapes and archival material, the films present oblique, layered narratives that explore the interconnections between natural, social and cultural histories.

Jordan’s film works have been shown extensively at international festivals and exhibitions, including Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (France); Innsbruck International Biennale (Austria); BFI London Film Festival (UK); Videonale, Kunstmuseum, Bonn (Germany); Whitstable Biennale (UK); Musée du Quai Branly, Paris (France); Darwin State Museum, Moscow (Russia); Centre d’art Contemporain, Roubaix (France); Edinburgh International Film Festival (UK); Interfilm Berlin, (Germany); São Paulo International Short Film Festival (Brazil); Kassel Dokfest( Germany); Documenta, Madrid (Spain).

Part of the Interruptions programme of free events at the Holden Gallery.