Reel Asian is proud to co-present at the 27th annual Images Festival (April 10-19), the largest festival in North American dedicated to experimental and independent moving culture image. On April 10th, we're co-presenting the Opening Night film From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, an intimate documentation of merchant sailors' travels from the Arabian Sea to Western India to the coasts of Somalia. We are also thrilled to be co-presenting the Canadian Artist Spotlight on Jennifer Chan, whose work as a multidisciplinary new media artist has largely impacted the post-Internet generation. Looking for more Asian content at Images? Read our blog post!
FROM GULF TO GULF TO GULF
Directors: CAMP, Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran
Thursday, April 10, 7:00pm
The Royal Cinema (608 College Street)
Shot over four years with a variety of high definition, standard definition and mobile phone cameras by the artists and numerous sailors from India, Pakistan and Southern Iran, From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf, provides an unmediated view of the experience of merchant seamen who traverse the Arabian Sea from the Gulf of Kutch in Western India to Pakistan to the coast of Somalia and the Persian Gulf. A project of the inimitable CAMP collective, the film is the result of a commission by the Sharjah Biennial that allowed the artists to undertake extensive research into trade and transport in the region over several years. As part of the project, CAMP provided sailors with cell phone cameras to record their travels. The accumulated images and sounds (and the music the sailors selected to accompany them) allow us not only a remarkable window into the world of these workers, but perhaps more importantly we are shown what they themselves have chosen to document. The result is a mixture of the intimate and the epic, as we observe the sailors at work, play and in repose. We are shown the construction of the wooden vessels called dhows that look impressive on land, but appear to be extremely vulnerable when loaded down with cargo on the high seas. From livestock to motor vehicles, charcoal to beauty products, electronics to used clothing, bathtubs, beans and batteries, the litany of goods on each dhow can be diverse or uniform depending on the ports it will visit over its months at sea. The sailors film the loading and unloading of goods, storms and calm seas, dolphins, dancing and other passing ships. The editor/directors note locations and the names of the vessels, but for the most part they allow the images supplied by their cellphone-cinematographers to tell their own stories, placing the episodes in a compelling arrangement that keeps us engaged and in awe of these intrepid seafarers and the world they inhabit.
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Canadian Artist Spotlight
Saturday, April 19, 7:00pm
AGO Jackman Hall (317 Dundas St. West, McCaul Street entrance)
In only a few short years, Jennifer Chan has established herself as a substantial artist of the post-internet generation. Working with video, performance and various new media formats, Chan’s work mimics and exaggerates the barrage of image data that has come to shape contemporary visual culture. Alongside the program of eight videos by Chan, Images has invited her to complement her work with videos by other artists. In lieu of the more traditional artist-made works one might expect to see, Chan has selected four of, what she dubs, “the best pieces of non-art pieces” she has ever seen. Her selections will be interspersed between her own works, and include the titles: Cats Morph Into Croissants, Surgeon, Kiss Me Thru Phone (iPhone remix), and I Survived 2007.
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