Thursday, March 24, 2011

MONITOR 7: New South Asian Short Film + Video

Tonight, SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) presents its screening of MONITOR 7: New South Asian Short Film + Video. The screening is curated by Montreal-based performance and video artist Ayesha Hameed, currently finishing her Postdoctoral studies at the University of London.

The screening will present 12 new short films and videos by South Asian artists from Canada and abroad (Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, UK and USA).

The screening begins at 7:30pm. It takes place at Innis Town Hall, located at 2 Sussex Ave, one block south of St. George St. and Bloor St or just north of Robarts Library.

The screening is free for SAVAC members. For the general public it is $10, or $5 for students with ID.

MONITOR 7: New South Asian Short Film + Video
Poster for Monitor 7: New South Asian Short Film + Video. Poster image: Smriti Mehra and Tahireh Lal. Graphic design: Sameer Farooq, New Ink.

Sharmila Samant, Shereen Soliman, Smriti Mehra and Tahireh Lal, Md Hasan Morshed, Asim Waqif, Vivek Shraya, The Torontonians, Ambereen Siddiqui, Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Nahed Mansour, Nabil Ahmed, Jane Chang Mi
24 March, 2011, 7:30pm
Innis Town Hall. 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto

Programmed by Ayesha Hameed

SAVAC Members: Free / Non-members: $10 / Students with id: $5

Monitor 7: New South Asian Short Film and Video is an annual short film and video-screening program that showcases new and innovative work by South Asians from Canada and around the world. Monitor a unique platform for independent work that brings together humorous, tongue-and-cheek narratives as well as films and videos that explore the slippage of memory and performance of loss in personal and poetic ways. Monitor 7 brings together 12 new works by artists from Bangladesh, Canada, India, Pakistan, UK and USA, who explore the a wide range of ideas and concerns shaping the global South Asian experience today.

Monitor 7 Jury: Erik Martinson, Srimoyee Mitra, Pablo de Ocampo, Ananya Ohri, Dinesh Sachdev

Ayesha Hameed is a performance and video artist and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The Dilemma
Sharmila Samant, India, 2009, 5:00
Sharmila Samant’s work deals with issues of globalization, identity and consumer culture. She was resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and in London at Gasworks. Exhibitions include Against the Grain at the Biennial of Sydney (2008), Things and Stuff at the 2nd Johannesburg Art Fair (2009), Sez Who?, Experimenter Art Gallery, Kolkata (2010).

An Experiment on MG Road
Asim Waqif, India, 2010, 6:37

Asim Waqif graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture and currently works in their faculty. He has also worked as a production designer for films and television. His work combines his interests in architecture, art and design and often deal with concerns in ecology and anthropology.

Smriti Mehra and Tahireh Lal, India/Canada, 2010, 8:30

Smriti Mehra and Tahireh Lal are Bangalore-based video artists. Mehra completed her MFA in Media Art from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design at Halifax, Canada. She is the artist-in-residence at the Centre for Experimental Media (CEMA) and also teaches at Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, where Lal completed her BFA from in 2008. Since then she works at CEMA and makes experimental videos.

Md Hasan Morshed, Bangladesh, 2010, 1:00

Hasan Morshed is in the process of completing his Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Dhaka. He works in painting, installations and video. His work have been exhibited widely in Dhakha.

Shereen Soliman, Canada, 2010, 5:30

Shereen Soliman is a new media artist working in single channel video and video installation. Her work investigates the disconnections of family and cultural history in contemporary society. Capsule is her most recent video, which premiered in November as part of the 27th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival in Germany.

Seeking Single White Male
Vivek Shraya, Canada, 2010, 1:00

Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist. Winner of the We Are Listening International Singer/Songwriter Award, Vivek has released albums ranging from acoustic folk-rock to electro synth pop. God Loves Hair, his first collection of short stories, won the Applied Arts Award for Illustration. Seeking Single White Male is his first short film.

How to be a Brown Teen
The Torontonians, Canada, 2010, 7:35

Initiated by Sanjay Ratnan, The Torontonians are a Parkdale-based art collective, working in collaboration with research-art atelier Mammalian Diving Reflex. They create performance, give lectures, make videos, dance on the street, hassle drunk guys, take photographs, check cell phones, sing songs, play cellos, draw bunnies, take the TTC, ride bmx and do volunteer hours.

What is the Weight of the Moon
Nabil Ahmed, UK, 2010, 12:00

Nabil Ahmed is an artist and musician living and working in London. His practice involves working with people, software, video, audio and text to form critical responses to relevant political questions. He is the co-founder of Call & Response, for London’s Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London

Lying in Wait
Ambereen Siddiqui, Canada, 2010, 3:40

Ambereen Siddiqui works in photography, video and animation to explore the personal and political characteristics of being part of a large and diverse South Asian diaspora in North America. She is currently completing her MFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Nahed Mansour, Canada, 2010, 3:47

Nahed Mansour completed her MFA at Concordia University in 2010. She works in performance, video and installations. Her work has been presented widely including: Nuit Blanche (Toronto 2009 and 2006), DSVM + Festival (Quebec City, 2006) and 7a*11d (Toronto, 2006).

The Exception and the Rule
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, UK, 2010, 37:00

Karen Mirza and Brad Butler have been actively involved in the London art scene for over thirteen years. They received the 2009 production grant from the Museum of Contemporary Cinema Foundation Madrid, they were Festival Award winners at The 2010 Chicago Film and Video Festival and were nominated for the 2010 Transmediale Award Berlin.

No Title
Jane Chang Mi, USA, 2010, 1:32

Jane Chang Mi is concerned with the intersections and boundaries between her Asian heritage and American identity. Her work explores the tensions between culturally specific symbols and those that are generic and part of our popular culture. Jane divides her time between Los Angeles and Honolulu.

An interview with Ayesha Hameed

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