Best Laid Plans
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You arrive at the airport you mapped out, but there is a chain link fence around it. Later, a chance encounter at a restaurant suggests that entry is not as daunting as it appears. The employee union that manages the site is helpful; they want people to remember the days of open skies. Your actor comes on set with a beard, which magically is exactly seven days of growth. Things come apart, and then cohere again. One evening, you find a set of water bottles in the control tower; the names in marker pen tell you this is the residue of the last film shot at the site.
The making of Turner Prize nominated film Tripoli Cancelled (2017) is inhabited by moments of serendipity, accident, and luck. On the occasion of the film's Ohio premiere at moCa Cleveland ("Monday, Day 3753" until June 6, 2021), Oberlin College hosts a discussion with director Naeem Mohaiemen (OC '93), cinematographer Petros Nousias, and producer Maria-Thalia Carras. Captioning will be available via Zoom. If you would like to request additional accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Panelists
Naeem Mohaiemen (Oberlin ‘93) combines films, drawings, sculpture, and essays to research the many forms of utopia-dystopia (families, borders, architecture, and uprisings). He is a Mellon Teaching Fellow, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York, where he also received his Ph.D. His films were nominated for the Herb Alpert Award (2019) and the Turner Prize (2018) and received awards from Andy Warhol Foundation (2021), Lunder Institute of American Art (2020), Ford Foundation (2017), and Guggenheim Foundation (2014). At Oberlin, he founded the Muslim Student Group, was elected Oberlin Class President ‘93 and Class Trustee ‘94-96. In the latter role, he helped organize the College Board of Trustees’ approval of the “DP” Resolution (passed by a one-vote margin), which extended benefits to domestic partners of LGBT faculty and administration, becoming the seventh college to do so in the United States.
Maria-Thalia Carras is a visual arts curator and writer based in Athens. In 2004 she co-founded locus athens, a nomadic contemporary arts initiative that over a period of 15 years curated exhibitions, commissioned new works, talks, screenings, educational programs and publications for public spaces of Athens. Projects were developed in a range of locations: the Tsizdaraki Mosque (the only visitable Ottoman mosque remaining in Athens), the modernist urban planner Constantinos Doxiadis’ former offices, the Piraeus port authorities, a community project that evolved throughout the suburb of Aigaleo, the Agricultural University of Athens, an abandoned olive factory in Elefsina amongst others. In 2019 she co-founded TAVROS, a new permanent home for locus athens' curatorial program in the eponymous neighbourhood of Athens, with the aim of establishing an arts institution in Athens that will foster dialogue, inter-regional connectivity, and bring together divergent micro-communities whilst tackling vital social and political issues.
Petros Nousias was born in Athens, Greece in 1976. He studied cinematography at the Stavrakos Film Institute in Athens. After spending a few valuable years as a camera assistant, he became a cinematographer and since then he's been chasing the light in every part of the globe, shooting everything from feature films to documentaries, music videos and TVCs. Selected filmography includes: Bastards, directed by Nikos Pastras; Made in Vain, directed by Michael Klioumis; Araf, directed by Didem Pekun; Tripoli Cancelled, directed by Naeem Mohaiemen; Evil in the time of heroes, directed by Yorgos Nousias; and Harisma, directed by Christina Ioakimidi. Petros is currently based in the Netherlands and works around the globe.