AFK | Screenings

I Am My Own Ghost: distance, disassociation and discomfort as memory of the (meta)physical

Camila Salcedo, Dallas Fellini, kaya joan, Natalie King, Noelle Perdue, Zinnia Naqvi
Curated By: Emma Steen
Frutas, Camila Salcedo. (2019) Video Still.
AStrada Statale 696, Dallas Fellini. (2020) Video Still.
Activate NDN Consciousness, Natalie King. (2019) Video Still.
Blue Screen, Noelle Perdue (2021). Video Still.


Camila Salcedo

Frutas explores the relationship between identity, culture, and food, locating fruit from Venezuela as a grounding point for memory and connection.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023
2:00PM EDT
Innis Town Hall
2 Sussex Ave, Toronto, ON M5S 1J5
Street level entrance, elevator and ramp available, door width 32”+, no automatic doors. Gender neutral single occupancy accessible (32”+) washroom, automatic door No accessible parking on site 4 wheelchair seats in-cinema.

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COVID-19 Policy

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation at our events. This year, we are implementing a COVID-19 policy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

The following guidelines will be in place: Self-Assessment: We ask that staff and participants screen themselves for COVID-19 before visiting the exhibition.

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I Am My Own Ghost: distance, disassociation and discomfort as memory of the (meta)physical approaches Images 2023's thematic of (g)host by reconsidering the ghosts we carry as future memories, rather than engaging with them by mutating our understandings of identity, body, and land as tangible.

The audience is asked to consider how we all create, and live amongst, a multitude of ghosts disconnected from the physical but still deeply rooted in the personal and intimate. The ghosts we share space with, that make us whole or hold memory for us.

I Am My Own Ghost selected six artists whose works examine interpersonal histories, land, and intimacy through the lens of distance, discomfort, distraction, and discombobulation. These short films give way to exploring identity and memory by warping the expectation of an immediate access point or understanding.

Exploring individualism and identity outside of the immediate physical world transforms our understanding of who we are into who we will become, and who we have always been. We are our families and our communities, as well as our own future ancestors, waiting to be remembered in time.

Please join us for a conversation with the filmmakers following the program. 

Camila Salcedo is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and facilitator born in Venezuela and based in Tkaronto, working primarily in textiles, digital art, and community art practices. There are a few threads that run through her work including: camouflage as a way to blur lines and break down social assumptions; memory as an empowering tool for time travel and creating new speculative realities; and upcycling and recycling to piece together patchworks, both materially by reusing and mending textiles, and digitally by appropriating found audio and video footage. Camila is a co-founder of Colectivo Satelital.

Dallas Fellini is a curator, writer, and artist living and working in Tkaronto/Toronto. Their practice is invested in the dissolution of boundaries between different art forms and arts communities, community practice, trans and queer histories and futures, and archival practices. Dallas is a member of Crocus Collective and a cofounder of Silverfish, an arts publication devoted to interdisciplinary collaboration, skill-sharing, and cultivating ongoing dialogues between emerging artists and writers. 

kaya joan is a multi-disciplinary Afro-Indigenous (Vincentian, Kanien'kehá:ka, Jamaican, Irish) artist born, raised in T’karonto, Dish with One Spoon treaty territory, currently based in Prince Edward County. kaya’s practice explores their relationship to place, storytelling, Black and Indigenous futurity and creation stories.

Natalie King is a queer interdisciplinary Anishinaabe (Algonquin) artist, facilitator, and member of Timiskaming First Nation. Natalie's multi-disciplinary practice includes community engagement, curation, and arts administration. Natalie is currently a Programming Coordinator at Xpace Cultural Centre in Tkaronto. Often involving portrayals of queer femmes, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the Anishinaabe queer femme experience(s). King's practice operates from a firmly critical, anti-colonial, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective, reclaiming the realities of lived lives through frameworks of desire and survivance.

Noelle Perdue is a writer, digital artist, futurist, and porn historian.

Zinnia Naqvi (she/her) is a lens-based artist working in Tkaronto/Toronto. Her work examines issues of colonialism, cultural translation, language, and gender through the use of photography, video, the written word, and archival material. Recent projects have included archival and re-staged images, experimental documentary films, video installations, graphic design, and elaborate still-lives. Her artworks often invite the viewer to consider the position of the artist and the spectator, as well as analyze the complex social dynamics that unfold in front of the camera.

Emma Steen is a Toronto-based curator and writer. Her area of interest lies in art and writing that explores intimacies, bodies, food, and gathering with feminist and anti-colonial intention. Her background includes extensive work in community arts organizing, arts administration, and supporting methods of institutional accountability. As a writer, Emma has contributed to multiple arts and culture publications, journals, and art galleries. She has also written, published, and edited zines and other unconventional publications.