To celebrate the publication of Film Talks: 15 Conversations on Experimental Cinema edited by Simon Payne and Andrew Vallance LUX is hosting a series of live discussion events between filmmakers featured in the book. For this event we are welcoming Jasleen Kaur & Alia Syed who will show a selection of their works followed by an in-person discussion where they will explore mutual interests in their work.
Jasleen Kaur (b. 1986, Glasgow. Lives and works in London.) Brought up in a traditional Sikh household in Glasgow, her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within materials and objects. Refashioned objects are often based on instinct and resourcefulness, reflecting a hybridity of national custom and reconsidering the realities of materiality, usage and everyday routine. Alia Syed (b. 1964, Swansea. Lives and works in London) made her early 16mm films at the London Film-Makers’ Co-operative in the mid-1980s, using the Co-op’s optical printer as a means to explore issues of identity and representation. Her work investigates the nature and role of language in intercultural communication, with a focus on borders and boundaries, translation and the trans-cultured self. Syed’s films draw from personal and historical realities in order to address the subjective relationship to gender, location, diaspora and colonialism.