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Tako Taal

Tako Taal is an artist-filmmaker and programmer living in Glasgow. At stake in her artistic practice are the psychic structures of colonial relations and the question of how vivid they remain in the present. Taal was a 2019 RAW Academy fellow at RAW Material Company (Dakar) and Artist in Residence at Talbot Rice Gallery (Edinburgh), 2018-20. In 2020 her work was presented at Glasgow Short Film Festival, Tramway (Glasgow), Glasgow Women’s Library. Her work was part of the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival (BFMAF, Berwick-upon-Tweed), 2018. Other exhibitions include: Glasgow Women’s Library, 2019; Grand Union (Birmingham), 2018; CCA Glasgow, 2017; Galerie de l’UQAM (Montreal), 2017; Castlefield Gallery (Manchester), 2019; New Contemporaries, Royal Scottish Academy, 2016; Gallery of Modern Art (Glasgow), 2014. Taal was shortlisted for the 2021 Margaret Tait Award.


departures, (2021), DUMP_outthroughthemouth (2020), Halo Nevus (2018), You Know it but it Don’t Know You (2017), We Must Travel Through Something (2014)

Back Inside Ourselves is an online exhibition inspired by S. Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself which plays in our Essential Cinema Strand.

Featuring three recent works by filmmakers Ufuoma Essi, Tako Taal, and Rhiana Bonterre.

We recommend you find a quiet space, some headphones, and clear some time to explore the different elements of this work. The presentation plays on a loop opening out the possibility of durational repetitions, witnessing and revelation.

Available online from Friday 17 September coinciding with a 24 hour screening of S Pearl Sharp’s Back Inside Herself & an in conversation between the director and poet Sarah Lasoye.

Supported by Berwick Visual Arts.

Run Time

19 mins
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Back Inside Ourselves is a workshop that features three recent works by filmmakers Tako Taal (DUMP_outthroughthemouth), Rhiana Bonterre (Rhythms of my Silence) and Ufuoma Essi (Bodies in Dissent). Their works are brought into dialogue with S. Pearl Sharpe’s Back Inside Herself (newly digitised by Cinenova and playing in BFMAF 2021’s Essential Cinema strand).

The Screenings will be accompanied by a response from London-based poet Sarah Lasoye commissioned by Cinenova and followed by an open participatory discussion with the filmmakers.

Artist, writer and researcher Jamila Prowse has been invited to write a reflective text on the workshop that will be published after.

There are only 12 places available at the workshop so please only book a space if you are definitely able to attend. Book your free space here.

Participants will be asked to wear masks throughout the event and adhere to 1m social distancing.

Supported by Berwick Visual Arts

Run Time

23 mins
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23 September 2018

Translation, transformation and transition: the final 2018 Berwick New Cinema competition programme focuses on shifting perspectives, the tension between the real and the virtual, and the relationship between mental and physical landscapes.

Q&A with filmmakers Tako Taal & Callum Hill.

Run Time

59 mins
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