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Film Screening: Taskafa, Stories of the Street
February 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
TASKAFA: Stories of the Street
Directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Critical Distance and South Asian Visual Arts Centre invite you to a free film screening of TASKAFA: Stories of the Street, directed by UK-based artist, activist, and filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
Structured around readings by renowned critic and essayist John Berger, TASKAFA (2013, 66 mins) offers a brilliantly incisive meditation on urban space and city life by investigating the complex history of Istanbul’s street dogs. Despite several major attempts by Istanbul’s rulers, politicians and planners over the last 400 years to erase them, the city’s street dogs have persisted thanks to an enduring alliance with civilian communities that recognize and defend their right to co-exist.
Taskafa gathers the voices of diverse Istanbul residents, shopkeepers, and street based workers, all of whom display a striking commitment to the well-being and future of the city’s canine population. Interwoven to this narrative are readings by Berger from his novel “King,” a story of hope, dreams, love and resistance, told from the perspective of a dog belonging to a community facing disappearance, even erasure.
TASKAFA is presented in partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre as part of our current exhibition, We Look At Animals Because. Curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour, the exhibition also features works by Quratulain Butt, Khaled Hourani, Maha Maamoun, Smriti Mehra, Huma Mulji, Ed Panar, and Alex Sheriff. Gallery hours are 12–5 pm Thursday–Sunday and by appointment through March 25th. We will be happy to open the gallery after the screening for anyone who is unable to visit before the event during gallery hours. Admission to both screening and gallery are free. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Building and gallery are both fully accessible.
Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker. She is the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards, and in 2017 Zimmerman received the Artangel Open Award for her feature drama Cycle, produced in collaboration with Adrian Jackson. Currently she teaches at Central St. Martins in London, where she also studied for her PhD. www.fugitiveimages.org.uk
Critical Distance and South Asian Visual Arts Centre are grateful for the support of the Toronto Arts Council in making this exhibition possible.
5pm – 7pm
180 Shaw Street