Every Cinema is a curatorial project that unfolds in two parts. The first part, Every Cinema / Films took place in May 2021 when we launched a series of online screenings implementing film practices that recognise the moving image as a tool for engagement, solidarity, and change. The second part, Every Cinema / Texts is a collection of original and republished texts by writers who are involved in film and audiovisual media, examines how the processes of creation, motherhood, eroticism, and desire can develop beyond these media.
Every Cinema/Texts is an attempt to broaden the dialogue around the political context of contemporary film practices through a feminist perspective. It highlights the distinction between ethics and aesthetics, and the perils in interpreting feminism and politics as genres and categories in lieu of practice. Whereas numerous pleas for gender equality have been made to film festivals – and a short attention wave was directed to films where female characters hold a central place – there is still the need to formulate new working terms and conditions, as well as to propose new, hybrid production, curatorial and educational models in the field. Every Cinema is a tool for investigating the potential of the moving image to become a practice of social organization, a feminist multidirectional transmission of experience, and a collective form of thought and action. It proposes a mode to produce personal and political experiences for the reconfiguration of the ecosystem of the moving image, as well as an introduction to feminist film practices; it aspires to contribute to the revision of the production framework and affect the choice of subject matter in future filmmaking. The publication’s methodology employs documentation and artistic expression as a means of autotheory, balancing between creative and deeply personal writing. Five authors and a film club researching the moving image make use of the written word to narrate personal stories about their bodies, motherhood, sexuality, creativity and collectivity.