In the context of the exhibition Hidden Labour Across (inter∞note 01) at KV Leipzig we are very pleased to present the film OYOYO (1980, 48min) by the Indian director Chetna Vora on 15 October 2020 at 8 pm (CEST) for the first time in Leipzig as well as via live-stream. A commentary by the militant historian Sónia Vaz Borges will frame the educational as well as transgenerational significance of the Cape Verdean song OI OI OI OI OI or “Forti trabadja pa alguém” [So much working for other people], which is a central piece in Chetna Vora’s film as well as available in the exhibition space of KV Leipzig via QR-Code during the duration of the exhibition. The evening will be introduced by researcher and poet vinit agarwal as well as curator and theorist Doreen Mende and end with the possibility for Q&A that might occur during the screening already via chat.
OYOYO (1980) is a cine-portrait of an educational internationalism with students from Chile, Guinea-Bissau, India, Ethopia, the Mongolian Soviet Republic, Cuba and Bulgaria studying economy at the “Hochschule für Ökonomie Berlin-Karlshorst” in the late 1970s. The director is the Indian filmmaker Chetna Vora who mobilizes the film-camera as a means to listen to the problems that the students encounter in their education, what they miss in the GDR, and how they imagine their future. The candid conversational scenes situated in the students’ dormitory in Berlin-Karlshorst alternate with music by Cuban songwriter Silvio Rodriguez, the Brazilian singer Nara Leão and songs in Cape Verdean creole.
Thanks to Lars Barthel and HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg for support and permission to screen the film. Hidden Labour Across (inter∞note 01) is the first curatorial iteration in relation to the transdisciplinary study Decolonizing Socialism, Entangled Internationalism (2019-2025), funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.