PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: MY OWN SKIN/ MI PROPIA PIEL
Thursday, April 2, 6:00pm – Opening reception
Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1V7
Exhibit will be running until Thursday April 16
This year, will be hosting a new media exhibition in conjunction with our retrospective of Heidi Hassan’s video work.
Heidi Hassan is a fundamental figure in the post-2000 panorama of Cuban diasporic cinemas. Her filmmaking is crucial to contextualize the experience of what Hamid Naficy has called “accented styles”: interstitials modes of filmmaking through which affective, first-person and self-reflexive audiovisual works emerge. Hassan explores different politics of place that reflect on the forms of citizenship, being and belonging faced by a racialized migrant woman filmmaker in the diaspora. Her presence as a guest artist in aluCine will allow diverse audiences to engage in conversations about multiple constructions of diasporic identity. The notions of home, borders and intimate spaces are essential in this program of autobiographical short films, some of which the filmmaker narrates and stars in.
Heidi Hassan (Havana, 1978) is a photographer, cinematographer and film director. After obtaining a Diploma in Photography Direction at the International Film and Television School (EICTV) in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, she studied Film Direction at Geneva’s Superior School of Arts and Design (HEAD). She has developed a personal ouvre with numerous collaborations as DP in short and feature fiction and documentary films. Hassan’s works have been exhibited in prestigious film festivals such as the Journée Suisse at Cannes, the Locarno Film Festival, Visions du Réel-Nyon, Clermont-Ferrand and the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Her upcoming feature documentary Portrait à l’encre will be co-directed with long-term friend and collaborator Patricia Pérez. She currently lives and works between Spain and Switzerland.
Heidi Hassan moved into the world of filmmaking trough her interest and work with still photography. Her explorations of the fixed image and her subsequent experience as a Director of Photography for cinema and television encouraged her to become also a storyteller. The aesthetics and poetics of her very personal, almost intimate, oeuvre demonstrate diverse strong levels of connection and continuity between the snapshot and the motion picture.
A selection of self-portraits by the artist expanding from 2000 to 2014 is chosen to describe the processes of her visual development and matureness, the works in progress of an artist who faces hard decisions around the questions of why and where to place the camera. As she does in many of her films, Hassan portraits her own fragmented body in diverse sceneries where reflections on women’s stories of identity politics, performativity, domestic life, gender violence, power, memories and family relations are central.
Unlike her audiovisual experience, Hassan’s photographic work has not been publicly exhibited in the last 15 years. Used so far essentially as a way to workshop her films’ imagery and to deeply explore her own questions about citizenship, History and female subjectivity, these pieces will be shown for the first time in the context of Alucine. The digital moments included in this show will hopefully encourage conversations about the relevance of understanding creative processes as routes though which cultural producers construct and represent themselves and their communities.
Animated photography (in loop):
The infinite box, 2014, 30x38x11cm
Co-presented by Latin American Canadian Art Projects