AFK | Screenings

Living Ghostliness

Alisi Telengut, Asmaa Jama, Gouled Ahmed, Ghislan Timm , Jann Earl Q. Madariaga , Onyeka Igwe, nala haileselassie, Noncedo Khumalo, Simone Lagrand , Klēlo
Curated By: Sarah Edo

100 Ghosts

Noncedo Khumalo

A woman awakes to mysterious sounds—and confronts an astonishing, surreal world summoned forth by her innermost fears.

Thursday, April 20, 2023
4:30PM 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.

“...What holds me together, is the knowledge that I cannot resist seeing; what holds me is the real look of things. If I see someone I see the ghost of them, the air around them, and where they’ve been. If I see the city, I see its living ghostliness"

–Dionne Brand, The Map to the Door of No Return

Living Ghostliness meditates on a collection of moving images that orbit mythmaking, archives, intimacy, and more-than-human kinship against the insidious terrain of extra/ordinary violence. Inspired by Brand’s generative musing on sensing the living ghostliness of people, places, and things, these experimental films contend with the weight of being, through city landscapes and river currents, body movement and the erotic, archival footage and candid conversation. The themes of these films evoke an attentiveness to the historical air that surrounds our spirits, homes, and natural environments. The living ghost invites the viewer to reckon with our contentious pasts and presents, and conjures up the desire to be and stay alive, in all its complexity.

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

Alisi Telengut is a Canadian artist of Mongolian origin. She creates animation frame-by-frame under the camera with mixed media to generate movement and explore handmade and painterly visuals for her films. Alisi is a Canadian Screen Award nominee and a Québec Cinéma Awards – Prix Iris winner in Best Animated Film. Her work received multiple international awards and nominations, including Best Short Film at the Stockholm Film Festival, Best Animated Film at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival and the Brussels Independent Film Festival, as well as a Jury Award at the Aspen Shortsfest. 

Asmaa Jama is a Somali artist and poet based in Bristol. In 2021, Jama was shortlisted for the Wasafiri Writing Prize and long-listed for the National Poetry Competition. Jama is a Cave Canem Fellow.

Ghislan Timm is an experimental filmmaker and visual artist based in Tkaronto. They are currently studying Integrated Media at OCAD University and have shown works both locally and internationally. They are influenced by their Afro-Caribbean heritage, Afrofuturism, sound, and cinema, frequently appropriating archival film and imagery to create collages and shape non-linear narratives that reflect on their multicultural queer identity, mythologies, and romanticization of home and homecoming. 

Gouled Abdishakour Ahmed is an Addis Ababa–based Somali visual artist, stylist, costume designer, and writer. Their work explores themes of memory and belonging through the lens of self-portrait photography and self-fashioning. Gouled’s work deals with the notion of futurity, and is heavily aimed at envisioning new and equitable aesthetic futures for the Horn of Africa.⁠

Klēlo is a multidisciplinary artist whose sound and visual microcosms explore the heart of our ma(g)ma: intimate and collective memory.

Jann Madariaga is a Filipino multimedia-artist based in Cavite, Philippines. He creates visual art through digital means of design, film, photography, and illustrations. His work predominantly involves using the human form to tell melancholic stories of the human experience.

Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, born and based in London. Through her work, Onyeka is animated by the question “how do we live together?”, with particular interest in the ways sensorial, spatial, and non-canonical ways of knowing can provide answers to this question.

nala haileselassie is a multidisciplinary artist from Tkaronto completing her BFA in film studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. Working from the lineage of Black feminist film and experimental documentary, her research is focused on cultural and collective memory, and the relation between the two as a child of migrants. nala looks to rework narratives surrounding diasporic identities through complicating personal archival materials.

Noncedo Khumalo is an animator and filmmaker based in Montreal and raised in Swaziland and South Africa. She is largely interested in making Black queer art that humanizes our future and blends storytelling with the abstract.

Simone Lagrand is a poet, spoken word artist, and creative writing workshop facilitator. Her work is a long conversation with her motherland, Martinique. As a yich déwò (child from abroad) she constantly intends to build a creative biotope which questions her dual relationship with language (Creole and French) through the observation of intimate bonds such as love dialogues, eroticism, and also motherhood. Her poetry uses various media such as embroidery, sonic landscaping, or video. A former resident at Villa Albertine’s program in Miami, she is expecting to start a residency at Tropiques Atrium Scène national in Martinique for 2023. 

Sarah Edo is an emerging curator born and based in Toronto. Her work thinks through Black queer diaspora, desire, and materiality. Her creative pursuits are guided and grounded by her experiences in community work, collective study, and intentional relation-building. She holds a Masters in Gender Studies and is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies.

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