Thursday, March 22, 2012

MONITOR 8: New South Asian short film and video

South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) presents its annual screening of short films and videos by South Asian artists from Canada and abroad (Bangladesh, India, Netherlands and UK).

MONITOR 8 features works by Promotesh Das Pulak, Kitsum Cheng, Ekta Mittal & Yashaswini Raghunandan, Tahireh Lal, Panchal Mansaram, Sukanya Ghosh, Natasha Mendonca, Ashiq Khondker, Tal Amiran. The screening is curated by Jacob Korczynski and juried by Eli Horwatt, Michelle Mama, Swapnaa Tamhane and Rathan.

The screening begins at 7:30pm, with the doors opening at 7pm. 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.


MONITOR 8: New South Asian short film and video

22 March, 2012. 7:30pm (doors 7pm). Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave., Toronto.

SAVAC Members: FREE / Non-members: $10

Promotesh Das Pulak, Kitsum Cheng, Ekta Mittal & Yashaswini Raghunandan, Tahireh Lal, Panchal Mansaram, Sukanya Ghosh, Natasha Mendonca, Ashiq Khondker, Tal Amiran.

Monitor 8: New South Asian Short Film and Video is an annual short film and video screening program that showcases new and innovative work by artists from Canada and internationally. Monitor is a unique platform for independent work that brings together poignant films and videos that explore the ways in which human bodies interact with the rapid industrialization and mechanization of South Asian cities. Monitor 8 brings together new works by artists from Bangladesh, Canada, India, Netherlands and the United Kingdom who explore the a wide range of ideas and concerns shaping the global South Asian experience today.

Monitor 8 Jury: Eli Horwatt, Michelle Mama, Swapnaa Tamhane, Rathan

Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator who recently participated in the de Appel Curatorial Programme in Amsterdam. He is currently the Assistant Curator at the Art Gallery of York University in Toronto.

MONITOR 8: New South Asian short film and video - Program

Promotesh Das Pulak, Bangladesh, 2011
Promotesh Das Pulak is a Bangladesh based artist. He received his MFA at the Institute of Fine Art, at the University of Dhaka in 2004. Since then he has exhibited internationally in Tokyo, Rome and most recently he as the youngest exhibitor at the Bangladeshi Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He is a member of the Britto Arts Trust.

Kitsum Cheng, Canada, 2011, 5:53
Kitsum Cheng is an artist and writer. Born in Hong Kong, she currently lives in Vancouver. Her work has been presented at 221A Gallery, in Vancouver, Abeilung für Alles Andere, Berlin, Xchanges Gallery, Victoria and Third Space Gallery, St. John.

Ekta Mittal & Yashaswini Raghunandan, India, 2010, 26:30
Ekta and Yashaswini are both Bangalore based filmmakers. Yashaswini has been working on award winning documentaries since she graduated in Social Communications Media, from Sophia Polytechnic in Mumbai. Ekta is the co-founder of Maraa, a media collective in Bangalore. She works in radio, theatre, research and filmmaking. She is interested in collecting stories, writing and conversations.

Tahireh Lal, India, 2010, 1:28
Tahireh Lal is a video-artist originally from Bangalore, and now completing her Masters of Fine Arts at Ontario College of Art & Design in Toronto. Her work explores the convergence of seemingly disparate ideas, in which naturally occurring systems, mathematics, mythologies and magic realism often influence the framework in which these ideas are synthesized.

Panchal Mansaram, 1977/2011, Canada, 12:50
Panchal Mansaram’s painting and film series titled Rear View Mirror are based on the writings of Marshall McLuhan, whom he has employed in his mixed-media art practice since the 1960s. Mansaram completed his studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam in 1964. Subsequently, he moved to Toronto and has exhibited internationally. His work is housed in the collection of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and the National Gallery of Modern Art in New Delhi.

Sukanya Ghosh, India, 2010, 2:03
Kolkata based filmmaker Sukanya Ghosh is a trained painter and animator. She works with a direct animation technique and draws directly onto the frames of the moving image. This technique provides extreme elasticity of expression to invent, re-tell and create meaning through the use of textures and rhythms in the form of montage. Ghosh is the recipient of the Charles Wallace India Trust Award, the Independent Fellowship Award in New Delhi, and has been the artist-in-residence at the French Embassy in India.

Natasha Mendoca, India, 2010, 20:00
Natasha Mendonca is a visual artist and filmmaker from Mumbai. In 2003 she co-founded Larzish, the nation’s first international film and video film festival on sexuality and gender in Bombay. Larzish’s success opened the floodgates for other Indian cities to hold their own queer film festivals. Jan Villa won the Tiger award at The International Film Festival Rotterdam (2011), the Ken Burns award for best film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2011) and an award at the International Contemporary Art Festival, SESC, VideoBrazil (2011). She is currently developing her first feature film.

Ashiq Khondker, Netherlands, 2010, 5:05
Ashiq Khondker is a self-proclaimed "sometimes artist", having lived and worked between Philadelphia, New York and Amsterdam. He recently completed a Master’s Degree from the University of Amsterdam’s New Media Program. His work explores materiality and medium-specificity in their relation to narrative forms.

Tal Amiran, UK, 2009. 2:47
Tal Amiran is a London-based artist and musician. In 2006 he graduated from the Chelsea College of Art and has since been exhibiting internationally. His most recent screenings include Videocracy, International Video Art Festival in Hungary (2011), Asolo Art Film Festival in Italy (2011), the Pompidou Centre in Paris (2007) and the International Media Art Biennale in Poland (2007).

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