Sunday April 5th, 5:00pm- 6:30pm
Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
317 Dundas St. West, Toronto, Ontario
Pay What You Can
Co-Presented by Groupe Intervention Vidéo (GIV)
This program features independent media artworks by Canadian artists of Latin American heritage. This screening is a celebration of Groupe Intervention Vidéo, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015.
Quebec/ Canada / 2011 / Animation/ 01:00 / No Dialogue
One image only appears and disappears: that of an anti-lope which grazes. It trembles all along. A feeling of instability settles. Always disappearing, it is the memory of a peaceful and natural moment, remote, which comes and goes from the surface in stages, in pieces. This constructed image reflects our split up feelings, activated by our manipulated and organized contemporary views. Lamento stands for a heart impregnated with nostalgia for the calm, for the simple, for time that is stretched.
Canada / 2009 / Experimental/ 03:50 / No Dialogue
In this performative video, SoJin Chun conceptualizes high-rise buildings in downtown Toronto by creating large-scale origami boxes and stacking them in various configurations. By placing these colourful boxes in an alleyway of a suburban neighbourhood, the artist disrupts urban planning, meaning the social and economic hierarchies assigned to places. This project is part of Fraction/Memory curated by Rita Kamacho, in which invited artists created performative videos in public spaces in response to their memories attached to their chosen locations.
Canada/ 2010/ Art Video/ 09:04/ Spanish and French/ English Subtitles
Boredom takes a look at the state of ennui. The video explores the artists’ path in her quest to better understand boredom. Long takes present the artist and those close to her. These shots appear throughout the video.
Canada/ France / 2008 / Experimental / 6’ 20” / No Dialogue
The Colombian sky opens to a vibrant and diversified city. A lost figure floats in this urban environment which gradually looses color. Reality seems to shift. What does it tell us? Despair is the final comment on this metaphor, a personal look at a complex and ambiguous reality. The original composition is by Beatriz Ferreya.
Canada/Quebec/ 2013/ Experimental/ 10:01/ English and French
Nobody wants to tell Skye, a nine-year-old girl, what is happening in the family. She sees doctors come and go, and she knows something has to be going on. Her mother, bedridden and nearing death, cannot bring herself to offer Skye the support she needs. Her grandmother is unable to acknowledge the little girl’s suffering. The child, feeling isolated and confused, clings to the memories of being driven around to sleep as she tries to make sense of what even adults find confounding.
Guillermina Buzio, Jorge Lozano
Canada / 2007 / Experimental / 5’ / Spanish/ English Subtitles
When Edward BlackFire was making his film, many unexpected disclosures happened…
Punctum & Black
Canada / 2011 / Performance / 07:00 / Spanish / No Dialogue
Using as a starting point Barthes’ notion of the Punctum, this installation investigates the relationship between the body-live, the body-object (as cinematographic body) and the lack of body.
Only Women Who Die a Violent Death Go Directly to a Paradise
Monument to Ciudad Juarez
Quebec/Canada/ Mexico/ 2002 / Experimental / 3’ / No Dialogue
An art video inspired by what at first were considered isolated events, but which gradually turned into an historic hecatomb, a holocaust against women. Since 1993, more than 260 women between the ages of 15 and 25 have been violently murdered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A good example of a modern city: industrialized and violent; located at the border, this is a kind of no man’s land, a city of transit, a work zone very insecure for women. A place where thousands of women survive dreaming of ” paradise “. Here, the desert becomes a metaphor of isolation, solitude, and uprooted identity.
Quebec/ Canada/ 2013/ Essay / 03:04 / English Texts
Reminiscences is a reflection on distance, grief and memory, through the landscapes of my childhood in Piraju, Brazil.