Filipa César is an artist and filmmaker interested in the fictional aspects of the documentary genre, the porous borders between cinema and its reception, and the politics and poetics inherent to the moving image. Her practice takes media as a means to expand or expose counter-narratives of resistance to historicism. Since 2011, César’s research has looked into the origins of cinema in Guinea-Bissau as part of the African Liberation Movement, its imaginaries and cognitive potencies, developing this into the collective project Luta ca caba inda (The struggle is not over yet). She was a participant of the research projects Living Archive (2011-13) and Visionary Archive (2013-15), both organized by the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin. César premiered her first feature-length essay film Spell Reel at the Forum section of the 67th Berlinale, 2017. Her work has been presented at film festivals across the world, most recently at Cinéma du Réel, Paris 2018. Exhibitions and screenings include those at Gasworks, London; Flaherty Seminar and MoMA, New York; Harvard Art Museum, Boston; Luleå Biennial; BIM, Buenos Aires; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon; Tabakalera, San Sebastian; and Lubumbashi Biennial.
As of November 2019