A Grain of Sand in the Mountain's Belly
Curated by Nat Muller
This two part program that puts the weird, dark, supernatural, and fantastical at center stage. It looks at how these often under- explored modes of the strange narrate complex historical, geopolitical, and socio-cultural realities, while opening an imaginary world of speculation and possibility. Through the enchanted otherworldliness of the spirit world, expanding universes, understated dread, and the coming to life of that what should remain petrified, these films not only mash up conceptions of time and space, but also blur the boundaries between human and nonhuman, life and nonlife.
Featuring works by Jumana Emil Abboud, Hera Büyüktaşcıyan, Ginou Choueiri, Marie-Rose Osta, Basim Magdy, Ghassan Salhab, Muhannad Shono.
Screening Online on artearchive.org
Part 1: March 23 – April 2
Part 2: April 13 – 20
Free / $5 suggested donation
The works in the program travel through colonial pasts, extractivist presents, and improbable futures, rendering time and geography fluid and haunted. Landscapes, in the form of forests, waterways, deserts and mountains, become animate. While there is always a suggestion of looming catastrophe and implied violence lurking underneath, there is also an immense sense of potential. A grain of sand slumbers in the mountain’s belly, patiently waiting to transform into something else.
By drawing on folklore, mythology, science, and the intricate entanglements between deep geological time and human historical time, these artists and filmmakers address topical issues such as dispossession, migration, protracted political, and resource extraction. Here dead matter morphs into live matter, ghosts slip into reverie, disquiet awakens desire, and fabulation destabilizes rigid belief systems.
A GRAIN OF SAND IN THE MOUNTAIN’S BELLY is co-presented by ArteEast, LI-MA and ReCNTR.