A Matter of Visibility: International Avant-Garde and Artists’ Cinema

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Introduced by guest curator Mónica Savirón.

This program presents new experimental films and videos not yet shown in New York, in conversation with rarely seen works by avant-garde masters such as Lis Rhodes and Chantal Akerman. These artistic views have the ability to enhance our perception through symbolism, transformation, and a keen sense of creative freedom. By shifting cinematic, private, gendered, financial, and geographical priorities, what is usually absent becomes present. These works are meditations on the act of looking, visual poems in which imposed narratives get rejected or argued against. Words, forms, and depictions of any kind are broken apart to explore and expose the language of cinema. For these artists, making films is like “writing on burning paper” (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Heretical Empiricism, 1967).

Their creations formulate alternative questions about ends and beginnings, and passionately vindicate visibility with a do-it-yourself approach to film and life—because making is moving, and moving is breathing, and breathing is light.

Programme:
- Reportage ! (Rei Hayama, Japan, 2015)
- Across (Cara Morton, Canada, 1997)
- Pixel Jungle (Klara Ravat, Spain/Germany, 2015)
- Cross Worlds (Cécile Fontaine, France, 2006)
- The Tower (Salomé Lamas, Portugal, 2015)
- Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher (Chantal Akerman, France, 1989)
- Maschile, Roma (Friedl vom Gröller, Austria/Italy, 2015)
- Her Silent Seaming (Nazli Dinçel, U.S., 2014)
- Defenestration (Bea Haut, U.K., 2015)
- Nocturno (Naoko Sasaki, Canada, 2003)
- Light Reading (Lis Rhodes, U.K., 1978)

Dedicated to the memory of Canadian filmmaker Cara Morton, who died in 2012. 

Program notes by curator Mónica Savirón.

Thanks to Oona Mosna, Cullen Gallagher, Cindi Rowell, Ilias Koen, Eli Horwatt, Christophe Guérin, Sixpack Film, Light Cone, LUX, Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Mallia Films, Agência da Curta Metragem, and all the participating artists.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 18:30
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