Batalha focuses on Indonesian artist Riar Rizaldi

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On Friday, May 5th, Batalha Centro de Cinema will dedicate its focus to the Indonesian artist Riar Rizaldi, with a session of short films and a movie performance with free entry.

Absolutely inseparable from Indonesia’s history, culture and landscape, Riar Rizaldi’s artistic practice questions the relationship between capital, technology, and extractivism, such as the ecological and social implications in power dynamics. Through an essayist language, in the border between documentary and fiction, Rizaldi’s films and instalments approach Indonesia’s past, present, and future.

In that same day, at 9:15pm, a session with the short films “Kasiterit” (2019), “Tellurian Dram” (2020) and “Becquerel” (2021) will be presented, followed by a conversation with the artist. Later, at 10pm, Rizaldi will present, at Bar do Batalha, an essay-performance about the propaganda history of Indonesian horror films.

In “Ghost Like Us”, the artist merges traditionalist movies with found footage to explore the different perceptions of folklore, in urban and rural settings, tracing the evolution of production formats and ways of seeing cinema in Indonesia and Asia. Admission is free.