Hemlock Forest

Sunday 15 April 2018
Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Ave

SAVAC is pleased to co-present a screening of a mid-length program titled “Hemlock Forest” at the 31st Annual Images Festival, featuring works by Moyra Davey, Ayo Akingbade, and Sharlene Bamboat.

Hemlock Forest Moyra Davey
CANADA/USA, 2016, DIGITAL VIDEO, 41 MIN
“I’m piecing together fragments because I don’t yet have a subject”—through this self-proclaimed process, Davey’s subject is found as she meanders through her apartment, and through her thoughts, carefully weaving together points of resonance across disparate practices, films, and texts. Responding to Chantal Akerman’s News from Home, both as a source of inspiration and to pay homage to the recently deceased filmmaker, Davey considers the film’s connections to herself and the experiences of those close to her. This visual essay is woven inside the frame, with and through the artist’s lived space.

Tower XYZ Ayo Akingbade
UNITED KINGDOM, 2016, 16MM ON DIGITAL VIDEO, 3 MIN
A poetic narration speaks to the imagined future of a young woman and her reflections on her changing city, as a group of women traverse their turf in London’s Hackney to the repeated call to action: “Let’s get rid of the ghetto.”

The Wind Sleeps Standing Up Sharlene Bamboat
CANADA/PAKISTAN, 2016, DIGITAL VIDEO, 12 MIN
Memory and biography are examined through experiments in narration as Bamboat plays with ambiguous boundaries between fact and fiction. Lists of personal preferences of various quotidian textures such as pop culture, food, and sexuality are described both in first and third person, sketching a constellation of clues to form a biography. Footage shot by the artist in Pakistan several years apart becomes both an indicator of image technology and a metaphor for memory.

Ayo Akingbade will be in attendance. Ticket Link: goo.gl/iF5bQk

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Kemlock Forest @ Images Festival

15 April 2018

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