* 1956 Santiago de Chile.
Film, 36 minutes
About the work
Muxima is the first film by Alfredo Jaar. It is structured around five recordings of "Muxima," an Angolan folk song that serves as the central motif for Jaar’s portrait of a complex and changing society.
Muxima (meaning “heart” in Kimbundu, an indigenous language of Angola) is a cinematic elegy dedicated to the people of Angola. Jaar visited Angola in 2004 and 2005 to gather the visual material used in the film. After accumulating over 25 hours of raw footage, he traveled to Namibia and began the task of editing the material. Writes the artist: “The film was born out of my love for African music. During the process of organizing my extensive collection of Angolan recordings, I discovered that I had in my possession six different versions of a song called Muxima. And a film was born.”
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Teil 1 der Fototour durch die Sharjah Biennale 8, 4. April - 4. Juni 2007. Direktorin der Biennale: Hoor Al Qasimi. Künstlerischer Leiter: Jack Persekian. Kuratoren: Mohammed Kazem, Eva Scharrer, Jonathan Watkins. 79 Beteiligte.