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May 22 , 8:30 pm

 —  10:25 pm

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Bridget Reweti, Shiraz Bayjoo, Arjuna Neuman, Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva

 

This program will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Yasmin Nurming-Por.

 

* This program is only available to view in North America

I thought I would have climbed more mountains by now

Bridget Reweti
AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND, 2013, DIGITAL, 5 MIN
ENGLISH/TE REO MĀORI

 

Mountain climbing is analogous with conquering. Layering this colonial notion of domination is the religious rhetoric that settled with it, because it’s the mountaintop where men meet God. In the Adams Wilderness Area is the Garden of Eden Ice Plateau featuring such names as Eve’s Rib, Cain’s Glacier, Angel col, the Devil’s Backbone, and the Great Unknown. “How can we sing the Lord’s song, in a strange land?” - Psalm 137:4

Ile de France

Shiraz Bayjoo
TORONTO PREMIERE
MAURITIUS, 2015, 16MM>DIGITAL, 32 MIN
KREOL MORISYEN, BHOJPURI, HINDI, URDU, FRENCH, ENGLISH

 

Ile de France is a non-narrative film focusing on Mauritius’ landscape, architecture, and the details of objects tracing its colonial history and multicultural social fabric. Using a painterly approach to the moving image, Bayjoo invites us on a lyrical journey through the island, with details of the rugged coastal landscape encountered by early Dutch colonizers, maroon forests, and the timber houses of French planters and Arab merchants. The film offers a tapestry of histories that unfold like the roots of the banyan tree, highlighting the complexity of the creolization of people, languages, and environments.

 

Soot Breath // Corpus Infinitum

Denise Ferreira da Silva & Arjuna Neuman
CANADA/UK, 2021, DIGITAL, 39 MIN
ENGLISH/PORTUGESE

 

Soot Breath // Corpus Infinitum is a film dedicated to tenderness. It reproduces a radical sensibility learned from listening to the blues, from listening to skin, to heat, and from listening to echoes, listening itself. The artists reimagine the human and its subject-formation away from predatory desire and lethal abstraction, away from the mind and eyes and noble senses, away from total extraction and its articulations. Instead, they turn to skin, resonance, and tenderness as the raw material of a reimagined earthly sensibility.

* This work contains references to sexual assault, archival footage of physical violence, natural disaster footage, and archival ethnographic footage.

  • Bridget Reweti is an artist and curator from Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi in Tauranga Moana, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is the 2020–21 Frances Hodgkins Fellow at Otago University, co-edits ATE Journal of Māori Art and has a collaborative practice with Mata Aho Collective.

  • Shiraz Bayjoo's practice explores the socio-political and historical conditions integral to Mauritian cultural identity and the wider Indian Ocean region. Working with vernacular histories, critical texts, public collections, and archives that culminate in a multidisciplinary practice, Bayjoo’s works consider the language of race, decolonization, and the entangled legacies of European colonialism.

  • Arjuna Neuman was born on an airplane, that’s why he has two passports. He is an artist, filmmaker, and writer. With recent presentations at: CCA Glasgow; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Manifesta 10, Marseille; Showroom Gallery, London; TPW Gallery, Toronto; Forum Expanded, Berlinale; Jameel Art Centre, Dubai; and Berlin Biennial 10, Germany, amongst others. As a writer, he has published essays in Relief Press, Into the Pines Press, The Journal for New Writing, VIA Magazine, Concord, Art Voices, Flaunt, LEAP, Hearings, and e-flux.

  • Dr. Denise Ferreira da Silva is an academic and practicing artist. Her work addresses the ethico-political challenges of the global present. She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg/MIT Press, 2021), and co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013). Her several articles have been published in leading interdisciplinary journals. Her artistic works includes the films Serpent Rain (2016) and 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018), in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman; and the relational art practices "Poethical Readings" and "Sensing Salon", in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. She has exhibited and lectured at major art venues and written for publications for major art events.

Co-presented with

  • Planet In Focus International Environmental Film Festival