DokfestForum takes place in cooperation with the Fridericianum and directs its focus on the intersection of film, documentary, and visual art. Over two consecutive evenings, a selection of videos by Rosa Aiello and Pallavi Paul will be presented. The screenings will be followed by a talk, where the artists will each discuss the ideas and strategies behind their respective works.

Mi. 15.11. | 18:30 – 20:00

Rosa Aiello: Hope for the Best

Rosa Aiellos film works encompass a range of styles from animation to documentary collage to cinematic narrative. She takes an experimental approach and gathers material from what is at hand, in her domestic space, in her relationships, on her habitually used streets. She is interested in observing structures, social constructs like the family, and the built world of architecture and city infrastructure. For DokfestForum, she has put together a selection of her experimental documentary works which deal with forms of human interaction: from attention to control, exchange to fantasy. Subjects include some suburbs of Alberta, gifts of fruit and vegetable crops from neighbours, a personal voice note, a moment at a wedding, and an intersection in Berlin.
Rosa Aiello, born in 1987 in Hamilton, Canada. She lives and works in Berlin, studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, Oxford University and McGill University in Montreal. Her works have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions and screenings, including Kevin Space in Vienna (2022) and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2019). She has also been involved in group exhibitions and screenings at Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne (2022), Pirelli HangarBicocca in Milan (2017) and ICA in London (2017) among others.

Introduction: Julia Schleis, Curator Fridericianum

Screening: A Pressing Subject (2023), LOVE TEST: Cruising for a Bruising (2023) and other works (in English)

Subsequently: talk with the artist (in English)

Rosa Aiello: A Pressing Subject (2023), Still

Do. 16.11. | 18:30 – 20:00

Pallavi Paul: The Blind Rabbit

Provoked by the brutal murder of George Floyd and others, Pavalli Paul created the film THE BLIND RABBIT (2021, 43 min.) exploring the history of systemic abuse of power and police violence since the 1970s in her home country, India. Using allegorical means, she interweaves various historical events: the 1975 – 77 state of emergency declared by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, and the 2019 police attack on Jamia Millia Islamia students. The fictional narrative supplements missing historical sources and accounts for the complexity of multiple truths. Paul’s artistic practice, which includes installation, text, photography, and performance in addition to film, is grounded in her scholarly work.
Pallavi Paul, born 1987 in New Delhi, lives and works in New Delhi and Berlin. She is an artist and scholar with a PhD from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Her work has been shown at Tate Modern in London (2013), Berlinische Galerie (2023, 2022) and Berlinale Forum Expanded (2022). Currently, “How Love Moves: Prelude” is on view at Gropius Bau in Berlin, where she is this year's Artist in Residence.

Introduction: Julia Schleis, Curator Fridericianum

Screening: The Blind Rabbit (2021)

Subsequently: talk with the artist (in English)

Pallavi Paul: The Blind Rabbit, (2021), Still © Pallavi Paul 3.