IMAGES in JAKARTA! Program One
Program I: Ways of Seeing | Cara Melihat
This selection of recent works from the 26th edition of the Images Festival investigates the way in which we see and understand images. Using personal reflection, documentary interview, archival materials and experimental animation techniques, these works operate on the boundaries of fact and fiction, proposing different positions from which we can understand the world around us through an image.
director: Jean-Paul Kelly / Canada, 2013, video, 13 min
“A two-channel video work configured here for a single screen presentation, Jean-Paul Kelly’s Movement in Squares is composed of three elements: video appropriated from a Florida-based foreclosure broker who documents the condition of repossessed homes; the artist paging through a catalogue of paintings by the British Op Art pioneer Bridget Riley; and voice-over narration from a 1979 documentary about Riley. In conversation on the screen, these elements put forth questions about representation, ethics and perception in how we look at images.“
Jean-Paul Kelly (born in London, Canada, 1977) creates drawings, photographs and videos that are often displayed together. His work has been shown at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, 2012), Mercer Union (Toronto, 2010), Ed Video (Guelph, 2010), Cambridge Galleries (2009) and Gallery TPW (Toronto, 2005 and 2008). Screenings include the Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Migrating Forms (New York), Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin), Rencontres Internationales (Paris) and Pleasure Dome (Toronto).
director: Thirza Jean Cuthand / Canada, 2013, video, 3 min
“Stained and painted patterns on Super 8 images impede our view. The interrupted images reflect the words of the filmmaker as she muses on trauma and the loss of sight.”
Thirza Cuthand was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 she has been making short experimental narrative videos and films about sexuality, madness, youth, love and race, which have screened in festivals internationally. She is of Plains Cree and Scots descent and currently resides in Saskatoon.
director: Jorge Lozano / Canada, 2012, video, 28 min
“Lozano’s twin-screen portrait of a political activist in exile in 1 has the unnamed individual tell the story of the assassination attempt that forced him to go into hiding and then to flee his home. The details of the traumatic event are told with matter-of-fact precision, but names, places and dates have been removed to protect the subject. The combination of precision and abstraction lead us to reflect on the fact that the subject’s chilling story is indeed all too common, while the fact that he survived is not.”
Jorge Lozano has been working as a film and video artist for nearly fifty years and has achieved national and international recognition. His films have been exhibited at the Toronto International and Sundance Film Festivals, amongst others, and his experimental work has been exhibited at many international festivals and galleries. Lozano is currently working on a Ph.D at York University in Visual Arts.
director: Benjamin Tiven / USA, 2012, video, 12 min
“A visit to the film and video library of the Kenya Broadcasting corporation in Nairobi provides an opportunity to investigate the meaning and value of an image. Tiven’s film explores what is preserved, what is discarded and how technology, economics and politics all have a role in determining what is broadcast.”
Benjamin Tiven currently lives in New York. In 2012, he completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in studio art. Recent exhibitions in New York, Dublin, Vancouver, Toronto, and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Recent contributions to Triple Canopy, Bidoun, The Bulletins of the Serving Library, The Nation, The Abu Dhabi National, and The Philadelphia Independent.
director: Yi Cui / Canada, 2010, 16mm, 5 min
“Through the use of an optical printer as a creative device, the individual frame is played like a music note. A rhythmic improvisation visualized on celluloid.”
Yi Cui was born and raised in China. Before stepping into filmmaking, she pursued conservation ecology. What was learned from nature has stayed in her identity and reverberated into her creative work. A search for poetics and rhythmic flow inside the film medium has driven all her works. Yi Cui acquired her MFA in film production at York University in Toronto.
director: Leslie Supnet / Canada, 2012, video, 3 min
“Invoking the dead to write through a ritual performed by animated hands.”
Leslie Supnet is an artist living in Toronto whose moving image and drawing aims to express sincerity, lived experience, and the multiplicity of human emotion. Her works have screened at various festivals, cinemas and microcinemas near and far.
Tour presented with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council's National and International Touring program