Mathieu Abonnenc at Gasworks and related events
22nd February 2011

Foreword to Guns for Banta is the first UK solo show by Paris-based artist Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc. The exhibition follows Abonnenc's two-month residency at Gasworks.

Consisting of a diaporama and a selection of archival documents, the exhibition at Gasworks focuses on the lost film Guns for Banta (1970), the first feature-length film by Sarah Maldoror. Shot in Guinea-Bissau, Guns for Banta follows the life and untimely death of Awa, a countrywoman involved in the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC). Parallel to this semi-fictional narrative, the film offers rarely seen images of the involvement of women and children in the struggle.

Foreword to Guns for Banta is the result of a co-production between Gasworks, Picture This and Centro Cultural Montehermoso Kulturunea.  The screening at Ciné Lumière and invitation to Sarah Maldoror is made possible through a partnership with Institut Français.


26th February 2011 - 17th April 2011

Preview: Friday 25 February 2011, 6.30-9pm

155 Vauxhall Street
London SE11 5RH

Opening Times
Wed-Sun 12-6pm or by appointment


Wednesday 23 February, 8pm
An Evening with Sarah Maldoror
At Ciné Lumière

Two films by Sarah Maldoror will be screened - Monangambéee (1969) and Sambizanga (1972) - following which, a discussion with the film director and Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc will take place.

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Saturday 26 February, 3-6pm
The Russian Connection

Kodwo Eshun, Jeremy Hicks and Ros Gray lead a visual discussion about the cinematographic training of Sarah Maldoror and her African peers in Soviet Russia.

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  • 1Still from the film shoot of Sarah Maldoror's Guns for Banta (1970). Courtesy Suzanne Lipinska.

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Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc is an artist, curator and researcher interested in exploring the history of the colonial encounter and its effects on memory