Screening of Homo Urbanus – Bogotanus at French Alliance

By September 28, 2018 No Comments


A documentary film on Bogota, part of Homo Urbanus series by the acclaimed Italian-French duo of Ila Beka and Louise Lemoine was screened at the French Alliance. The screening was fallowed by a discussion with the head of the UN-Habitat in Kosovo Mrs. Gwendoline Mennetrier, KAF Director Mr. Bekim Ramku and Mr. Joseph Giustiniani from the French Embassy. The screening is part of the Climate Diplomacy Week organized by the EU Office and its Member States around the world.

The full series of Homo Urbanus will be screened during the next Kosovo Architecture Festival with the support of the French Embassy and the French Alliance.

Synopsis / Walking in unknown cities to collect impressions, to catch a vibration, to gather situations and things seen at the angle of a street, on a crossroad, from the top of a building. Depicting a city in its present, in the simplicity of its daily life. Listening to its rumble, the sound of its depths. Slipping into its rhythm. To be on the lookout, in a continuous wonder towards the imagination and creativity men have managed to develop to find a way to live together. Asking ourselves what makes a city, trying to understand its silent rules, its habits, its imperfections, its difficulties, and its unique way to answer the endless question: Where do we go? This project tries to collect a few elements of answer. These visual notes, made on the fly, look at the urban inhabitant within his group and in his deep solitude, redrawing the outline of each city following a sentimental geography.

This work is a long-term research project developed until now in 7 different cities over the world: Seoul, Bogota, Naples, SaintPetersburg, Rabat, Kyoto and Tokyo. Born as an artistic commission for the Agora Biennale in Bordeaux around the theme of the moving landscapes, these videos plunge into cities in a spontaneous and subjective approach with very modest means in order to translate in the closest possible way the feel of their constant moving nature: their human landscape. Presented in a comparative dynamic through the lens of a selection of themes and issues linked with the street daily life, the videos enable us to perceive each of these different urban contexts as an experimental, local and unique laboratory answering the same global challenge of how can we live all together.