belit sağ on the international jury at AFV 2023
The Amsterdam-based artist returns to Belgrade to help decide the list of achievements and will also present a show of her work
The first jury member announced for Alternative Film Video 2023 is the Amsterdam-based artist belit sağ. Among their recent initiatives was a fundraising screening at PuntWG Amsterdam, co-organized by the artist initiative Artists in Solidarity in the Netherlands (@artistsinsolidarity_NL), which they are part of. The initiative fundraises to support life in the earthquake region in Turkey and Syria. Currently they are working on an archival research project on historical labor struggles of migrant women workers from Turkey in the Netherlands.
belit sağ (she/they) is a visual artist, researcher and educator. She studied mathematics, audiovisual arts, and comparative literature. Her moving image practice is rooted in video-activist groups she co-founded in Turkey. They were an artist in residence at Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (2014/2015, Amsterdam) and International Studio and Curatorial Program (2016, 2019, New York City). Their research-based artistic practice focuses on visual representations of political violence and their role in how the affected communities perceive and experience these violences. She initiates archival projects to collectively fabulate new narratives and histories in collaboration with queer and migrant communities of color. belit has presented her works at art and film spaces including documenta, New York Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival, MOCA Taipei, EYE Filmmuseum, and Flaherty NYC. LIMA distributes her moving image works. They teach at Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam) and the Royal Academy of Art (KABK - Den Haag).
Jury members at Alternative Film Video are responsible for compiling the festival’s List of Outstanding Achievements. Artists placed on this list are eligible to receive a residency at AFC Belgrade in 2024. The jury also decides on the Sonja Savić Award, which goes to an outstanding woman in the international competition. The winner receives a residency and is given a solo exhibition at Gallery Nadežda Petrović in Čačak, which is the institution that cares for the legacy of Sonja Savić and underwrites the award in her memory.