AFK | Screenings

The World Below

Kalpana Subramanian, Onyou Oh, Mariano Ramis, Silvia Kolbowski
Curated By: Jaclyn Quaresma
Incantation, Kalpana Subramanian (2021). Video Still.
Whispers in the Water, Onyou Oh (2020). Video Still.
Broadcasting from home, Mariano Ramis (2022). Video Still.
Who will save us?, Silvia Kolbowski (2022). Video Still.


Kalpana Subramanian

A serendipitous ritual of memory

Colliding archives of body and place

A cine-incantation to freedom and (be)longing.

Saturday, April 15, 2023
7:00AM EDT
Gallery Hours

Artist Talk

April 17, 2023 at 12:00 PM

Join us for a free live online conversation with Magdalyn Asimakis and Silvia Kolbowski.

Click here to RSVP.

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC)

1411 Dufferin Street, Unit D, Toronto, ON, M6H 4C7

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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.

In the Tarot, the Temperance card has long been associated with alchemy, liminality and purpose. Coming directly after Death and just before Devil, the card depicts an angel with no distinct gender, calm-faced yet determined as they pour a sacred liquid from one vessel to another. One foot on solid ground, the other dips into a flowing stream. Behind the angel is a path leading to a mountain that suggests they may have somewhere to go, or perhaps have just come from elsewhere. This self-assured card is one of transference and transmutation, of intuition, intention, deep knowing, and trust. It is the card of possibility, of both/and…

Like the Temperance card’s place in the tarot deck, the four films presented in The World Below inhabit a space between death and devil, the afterlife and the unforeseen consequences of the living. Spells and seances make up the content of this program as a meditation on what might lay beyond the thin veil of reality, whatever that means, and who might want to reach it. 

An online conversation with Magdalyn Asimakis and Silvia Kolbowski will take place on April 17, 2023 at 12:00 PM.

Kalpana Subramanian is an artist-filmmaker and scholar of experimental film/media. Her films have been showcased in several international festivals and have received various awards. Her doctoral research in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo explores the breath in cinema through a transcultural and interdisciplinary lens.

Born in South Korea and raised in the Philippines, Onyou Oh is a filmmaker whose works vary from abstract, experimental pieces to poetic, narrative shorts. She received her MFA in Film and Video from California Institute of the Arts and currently creates eclectic visual works from her studio, Luminous Flux.

Mariano Ramis was born in San Pedro, Argentina. He is an image and sound designer in the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He is currently preparing a thesis on video montage using artificial intelligence. As an artist, he specializes in frame-by-frame experimentation of moving image recordings as well as mixed image transfer techniques.

Silvia Kolbowski’s work focuses on questions of historicization, political resistance, and the unconscious. Her work has been exhibited in many international venues, including The Taipei Biennial and The Whitney Biennial. She has had one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, CCA Warsaw, The Secession in Vienna Kunsthaus Glarus and Toronto’s Gallery 44.

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