"listening for the unsaid"

May 22 , 10:00 pm

 —  11:30 pm

All times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Audrey Jean-Baptiste, Morgan Quaintance, Sohrab Hura, Darol Olu Kae, Rina B. Tsou

 

This program will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Bojana Stancic.

 

* title from “Venus in Two Acts” by Saidiya Hartman (2008).

* This program is only available to view in Canada

Listen to the Beat of Our Images

Audrey Jean-Baptiste & Maxime Jean-Baptiste
FRENCH GUIANA/FRANCE, 2021, DIGITAL, 15 MIN
FRENCH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

Based on audiovisual archives from the National Center for Space Studies (CNES), Listen to the Beat of Our Images explores the construction of the Guiana Space Center in Kourou from the perspective of a young Guianese woman, who watches as the land around her is transformed.

Surviving You, Always

Morgan Quaintance
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
UK, 2020, DIGITAL, 18 MIN
ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

The transcendental promise of psychedelic drugs versus a concrete and violent experience of metropolitan living. These two opposing realities form the backdrop for an adolescent encounter told through still images and written narration.

Bittersweet

Sohrab Hura
TORONTO PREMIERE
INDIA, 2019, DIGITAL, 14 MIN
ENGLISH (WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

Sohrab Hura focuses on intimate family life, particularly the relationship between his mother, who was diagnosed with acute Paranoid Schizophrenia, and her dog, Elsa. What began as a way to escape his family situation turned into a method of confronting the realities at home. Photographed and filmed over a period of 10 years, it is a search for meaning and closure with Hura questioning and discovering the banalities of everyday life at home.

I ran from it and was still in it

Darol Olu Kae
TORONTO PREMIERE
USA, 2020, DIGITAL, 11 MIN
ENGLISH

 

A poetic meditation on familial loss and separation, and the love that endures against dispersion. Kae repurposes materials sourced online and pairs them with images from his personal archive in an effort to wade through the deep emotions surrounding his father's death and the sudden relocation of his children, collapsing time and memory in the process. Taking the autobiographical model as his jumping-off point, Kae explores how an intimate account of one's life can potentially extend beyond the personal.

 

 

The Horrible Thirty: Me, My Father and Richard the Tiger

Rina B. Tsou
CANADIAN PREMIERE
TAIWAN, 2018, DIGITAL, 20 MIN
MANDARIN/TAGALOG (WITH MANDARIN/ENGLISH SUBTITLES)

 

As she nears the age of 30, Rina tries to find, with some difficulty, a path to becoming a film director. This year, her father, Richard, who she misses dearly, sends his Chinese zodiac sign, the tiger, to silently listen and follow his daughter through her unsteady sounds of life. Through the medium of film, we distantly imagine what the world was like in the 1950s, when he himself was 30.

 

  • Maxime Jean-Baptiste is a filmmaker based between Brussels and Paris. He was born and raised in the context of the Guyanese and Antillean diaspora in France, to a French mother and a Guyanese father. His interest as an artist is to dig inside the complexity of Western colonial history by detecting the survival of traumas from the past in the present. His audiovisual and performance work is focused on archives and forms of reenactment as a perspective to conceive a vivid and embodied memory.

  • Audrey Jean-Baptiste is a documentary and narrative filmaker. She works between France and French Guiana. Her films address issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Her first documentary film, Fabulous (2019), was selected at about 50 international festivals such as IDFA. A national release was scheduled for December 9, 2020. Her second movie, Listen to the Beat of Our Images, codirected with her brother Maxime Jean-Baptiste, was selected at CPH:DOX, Hot Docs, and at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival. Her third film, Goodbye childhood (2021), produced by Grand Huit Films, is currently in post-production.

  • Morgan Quaintance is a London-based artist and writer. His moving image work has been shown and exhibited widely. Over the past 10 years, his critically incisive writings on contemporary art, aesthetics, and their socio-political contexts have featured in publications including Art Monthly, The Wire, and The Guardian, and helped shape the landscape of discourse and debate in the UK.

  • Sohrab Hura (b. 1981, Chinsurah, India) is a filmmaker and photographer. His films have been shown in various film and video festivals like Berlinale, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, and others. He is currently based in New Delhi, India.

  • Darol Olu Kae is an artist from Los Angeles. His collaborative, research-based approach to filmmaking is inspired by community histories; it explores themes like filiation and inheritance. His work blurs boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, challenging the medium to express the complexity of Black life and culture. He is currently in pre-production on his next project, Keeping Time, and he is developing his debut narrative feature, Without a Song.

  • Rina B. Tsou is a Filipina-Taiwanese filmmaker. Her cross-cultural background has led to diverse creations, experimenting with different narratives in both documentary and fiction.

  • Bojana Stancic is a performance curator, designer and sometimes maker. Her work has taken her from DIY spaces to artist run centers and museums, as well as to international venues in Switzerland, UK and Belgium. Her interest in liveness spans across media having started work at the Art Gallery of Ontario working on the multi-disciplinary First Thursday series, eventually launching a performance specific program AGO Live.

Co-presented with

  • The Koffler Centre of the Arts
  • YYZ Artists' Outlet
  • Le Labo