2023 Mexico City Symposium

Session 4 : "Broadening the Discourse: Curatorial Work From a Female Perspective"

Mexico, 18 April 2023

What disruptions and other ways of doing have the gender perspective brought to the curatorial sphere? What policies and processes dictate the access, preservation and dissemination of collections? How does the articulation of a collection shape shared memory? Projects from Australia, South Korea, India, Pakistan and Taiwan respond in an effort to broaden the scope of the gaze.

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What’s It Like? – My Experience in Curating “Keeping the Vision Alive: 6 Korean Female Filmmakers”

Sungji Oh is a curator of Cinematheque KOFA at the Korean Film Archive (KOFA). After graduating from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at George Eastman Museum in the U.S.A, I joined the Korean Film Archive in Sept. 2002. Since then, I have been working in various fields, yet mostly on film programmings and international matters. I wrote Stories of Film Archives in 2009, which was published by the KOFA.

Activating “The Eros Collection” From a Feminist Perspective

Julia Erhart is an associate professor and feminist film scholar based at Flinders University where she teaches and researches feminist, LGBTQ, and documentary media, and gender equity and the Australian screen industry. Articles by her on these subjects have appeared in journals that include Screen, Camera Obscura, Studies in Australasian Cinema, and Feminist Media Studies and in edited collections such as Women, Ageing and the Screen Industries (2023). She is author of three books, Gendering History on Screen: Women Filmmakers and Historical Films (IB Tauris/Bloomsbury, 2018), about feminist innovations in historical fiction and documentary genres, Gillian Armstrong: Popular, Sensual & Ethical Cinema (Visionaries, Edinburgh, 2020), and The Children’s Hour (Queer Film Classics, McGill-Queens UP, 2023).

Getting Noticed: The Rediscovery of Mimi Lee in Taiwan´s Film History

Chun-Chi Wang received her Ph.D. degree at Cinema-Television Studies at University of Southern California and is currently teaching film at National Dong Hwa University in Taiwan. She served as the Director of Taiwan Film and Audiovisual Institute from 2019 to 2022 and was the chairperson of Taiwan Women’s Film Association, in charge of Women Make Waves Film Festival in Taiwan. Her recent research focuses on Taiyupian and issues of gender and sexuality in film. She has written articles both in English and Chinese in scholarly journals such as Journal of Chinese Cinemas and book anthologies, including 32 New Takes on Taiwan Cinema and Routledge Handbook of East Asian Gender Studies.

The Queen of Melodies: Collective Memories in South Asian Archives

Amal Ahmed is an artist and writer living in New York City with roots in the UK and the Middle East. She holds a master’s degree from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at NYU. Her thesis topic focused on researching and contextualizing Pakistani films from the 1950s 1980s in the George Eastman Museums South Asian Film Collection.