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The Images Research Forum is an educational initiative that takes place during the 31st edition of Images Festival. Understanding the need to support the creation and dissemination of critical thinking and dialogue, Images Festival is inviting emerging colleagues to explore contemporary moving image culture within the context of the festival and with mentorship from leading international curators, artists, and researchers in the field.

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Wednesday April 18th , 2018 , 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Images Research Forum

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Curated by Emelie Chhangur
Barbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca’s works simultaneously celebrate and reframevernacular cultural forms as they have manifested through time. Their practice looks to how performative forms of colonial cultural resistance in Brazil’s northeast— such as capoeira—continue today in revised expression, which is the subject of their video Faz que vai (Set to Go). Popular genres persist through cultural mixing, diasporic re-fashioning, and translation—geographically, formally, and linguistically. For the protagonists, self-fashioning becomes a means of cultural, economic, and social survival. In the film Estás vendo coisas (You Are Seeing Things), the protagonists are part of Recife’s burgeoning Brega scene, a once regional musical genre that has since broken into the global music industry via social media.

Wagner and de Burca’s practice implicitly navigates a space between documentary and fiction. Concerned with the contradictions and conundrums of the “what, how, and for whom,” the artists have developed a subtle system of pointing that reveals rather than classifies: it is in the slippery spaces between the staged and the actual that the gendered, racialized, and socioeconomic contexts of their subjects emerge. And it is precisely here that the self-generated strategies of visibility and subversion within and between the fields of pop culture, high art, and tradition is performed anew.

—Emelie Chhangur

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Wednesday April 18th , 2018 , 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca

Art Gallery of York University

Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele Street

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