A Poem to Read When I'm Gone

Pennanen Anu

A man, perhaps Syrian, perhaps Afghan or Kurd, runs away from a refugee centre in Berlin's former airport Tempelhof. Surviving from winter to summer, he finds himself locked outside in limbo. Neither documentary nor fiction, the film speculates over our mediated relationship to reality when we try to represent it. By appropriating the resources of lyricism the man's lament reveals the horror of his clandestine condition, but also presents itself as the slow construction of a protest of being made an undesirable.

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A Poem to Read When I'm Gone
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Anu Pennanen (Author), Katharina Diessner (Cinematographer), Anu Pennanen (Director), Anu Pennanen (Editor), Stéphane Querrec (Script), Pelle Venetjoki (Sound Design), Yazmeen Baker (Actor), Korkmaz Arslan (Actor), Alfred Kordelinin säätiö (Funder), VISEK (Funder), Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Funder), AVEK (Funder), HIAP (Funder), Palo Production (Production Company)
Anu Pennanen is an artist based in Berlin. She works within urban public space and its relation to cinema and media. She is interested in people situated in alienating architectural structures of power. Pennanen has participated in international exhibitions and film festivals since 2004, including CCA Glasgow (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2012), CAC Vilnius (2011), Centre Pompidou Paris (2010), Ars Baltica Photography Triennale (2008, 2007), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2007), Manifesta 5 (2004) and Momentum Nordic Art Biennial in Moss (2004). In 2011 she received The Golden Cube Award for best media installation award from Dokfest Kassel. Since 2011 Pennanen forms an artist duo with Stéphane Querrec.