Featuring works by Lana Lin, Laure Hocine, Lili White, Caroline Key, Eva Lia Pedriglieri, Utsa Hazarika
Synesthesia is pleased to present Imaging Her Diaspora, a screening curated by Morrison Gong. Imaging Her Diaspora presents a selection of films and videos made by women filmmakers that revolves around ethnography, nostalgia, and personal memories.
“The works included in the program were made over the past 20 years, by contemporary female artists representing several generations. Their practices focus on discourses of nationalities, gender and cultural landscape. Monologues, interviews, collaged narratives or family tape recordings are used in various personal and provocative ways. The audio, together with the visual, investigates artists’ relationships with their nuclear families, political rhetoric on immigration, as well as impacts of wars, displacements and shifting languages.
Diaspora, according to definition, is a scattered population whose origin lies in a separate geographic locale. Blending approaches of documentary and fiction, the images act as conduits for cultural connections, linguistic memories and ethnographic surveys, across the context of today’s political environment. “ -- MG
Program will include:
- A Long Ride for Me and an Even Longer One For This 4 Years Old (2019, 2 min), video installation, Laure Hocine
- Subtexts in Utopia: The Dali Change (2019, 25 min), HD video, color, Utsa Hazarika
- Sailing to Byzantium (2007, 12 min), HD video, color, Lili White
- Baile con Mi Madre (2019, 8 min), HD video, color, Eva Lia Pedriglieri
- Speech Memory (2007, 23 min), 16mm to digital, color, Caroline Key
- Stranger Baby (1995, 14 min), 16mm to digital, B&W, Lana Lin
Total Runtime: 84 minutes
Artists in person!
Screening Starts at 8pm
$10 at door (cash or venmo)
Utsa Hazarika is an artist and writer based in New York. Her video projects have been screened at the Whitechapel Gallery’s Open Screenings (London, UK), Berkshire Art Association (MA, USA), Target Gallery (VA, USA) and 25 East Gallery (NY, USA). She has been an Artist in Residence at Khoj International Artists’ Association and the Serendipity Arts Trust in Delhi, and at TIFA Working Studios in Pune, India. She was a resident scholar at the BASE centre in Tamil Nadu, in collaboration with GRENZ film based in Vienna, Austria. She holds an MFA in Fine Arts from The New School, and was awarded a graduate scholarship by Asian Cultural Council. She holds an MPhil in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, where she was awarded Christ College’s Levy-Plumb Award for the Humanities; and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the London School of Economics. She was a graduate fellow at the Mellon Sawyer Seminar Imaginative Mobilities and the India China Institute at The New School. Her art and academic research has been published in Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, Trans Asia Photography Review and The Caravan.
Laure Hocine is a French artist based in New York. Her works are constituted of small gestures disseminated mostly throughout the web area. For she founds the Internet to have malleable scale, less physically demanding, just the strength of your finger can introduce spaces that can come closer to the infinitely small and big within the same frame. She feels involved in this place where it does not rise nor set and rise and set continuously and forever. Where your geographical position is overrun, where the stretch of your mind through the pressing of the keyboard, through the scrolling of your eyes propels you into others.
Caroline Key is a Korean-American filmmaker and artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Caroline was a Fulbright Research Fellow in South Korea in 2010 and a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2012. Her works have shown internationally, including the Arsenal Cinema in Berlin, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, the Seoul Independent Film Festival, and the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival. Her feature film, Grace Period, premiered at the New Museum in May 2015.
Lana Lin is a filmmaker, artist, and writer based in New York. Her experimental films and multi-disciplinary projects (as Lin + Lam) have been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Stedelijk Museum, Oberhausen Film Festival, Busan Bienniale, and Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival. She has received awards from the New York State Council on the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation, and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Civitella Ranieri, and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Lin teaches in the School of Media Studies at The New School, New York and is the author of Freud’s Jaw and Other Lost Objects: Fractured Subjectivity in the Face of Cancer. She has recently completed The Cancer Journals Revisited, a feature length non-fiction film inspired by poet Audre Lorde’s 1980 memoir, and is embarking on a new project supported by The New School’s India China Institute that is sited at the contested border between the two most populous countries in the world.
Eva Lia Pedriglieri is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City but frequently traveling back to her native South Florida. Her work deals with themes of multiculturalism, family, and identity. She is interested in reimagining socialization and bonding practices rooted in culturally specific traditions as an artistic studio practice. She works with contemporary mediums such as performance and video to create temporal, experiential and interactive work, as well as more traditional painting and drawing techniques. She currently attends The New School in NYC, working towards dual degrees in Fine Arts at Parsons the New School for Design and Culture & Media Studies at Eugene Lang the New School for Liberal Arts.
Lili White works across sculpture, painting, graphics and film, laying impressions, based on personal and collective dreams. Delving into liminal space, her work describes the inter- connectedness and elusiveness of living change, found under the surface of things. Her films connect imagery tangentially, forming dream-like logic, presenting a holistic view of the chosen theme. They draw from projections visualized in humanity’s mental visions, that belonging to the complex movements of spirit. She has delivered lecture at the College Art Association, and presented her film “FOOL’s GOLD: CALIFORNIA ROADTRIP” at New York Public Library, which received a NYSCA finishing funds award. From 2012 to 2015 she served as an elected Board Member to Millennium Film Workshop, and was chairperson of the Archive Committee, which eventually sold to NY’s MoMA Museum. In 2010 she founded ANOTHER EXPERIMENT by WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL in NYC, (http://axwonline.com) which screens experimental film by women (and some men) at Anthology Film Archives, through NEW FILMMAKERS NY.