Mark Boulos

From Militancy to Ecstasy

  • Mark Boulos - Whitechapel Gallery, Thu 8 Jun 2017, 7pm

Thu 8 Jun 2017, 7pm

Zilkha Auditorium

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11am–6pm
Wednesday 11am–6pm
Thursday 11am–9pm
Friday 11am–6pm
Saturday 11am–6pm
Sunday 11am–6pm

“My videos are about militancy and ecstasy: revolutions and terrorists, miracles and saints. The characters in my films wrestle their agency from the structures that would control them, including language, reason, gender, God, capital, and the state.” – Mark Boulos

Known for his documentary practice, acclaimed artist and filmmaker Mark Boulos is joined by editor Matthew Schum to mark the publication of his first monograph and celebrate his contribution to visual arts.

Published by Hatje Cantz, the monograph is the culmination of a relationship that began in 2012 when Forma Arts commissioned and produced Echo, a large-scale, experimental and technologically-pioneering video installation. A book signing will follow the screening. The monograph will be available at a very special launch price for this evening only.

The evening will include a screening of selected film works by the artist, followed by an open conversation between the artist and curator Matthew Schum.

Works Screened

Videographer of Modern Life 

Self-Defence
The Gates of Damascus
The Word Was God

Future Militancy  

All That Is Solid Melts into Air
No Permanent Address

Intersectionality Beyond the Frame 

Antigone
Projection
Mary Magdalene

About Mark Boulos

Mark Boulos is a film maker and artist who lives and works in Virginia, USA, where he is assistant professor of photography and film at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. He works across film and photography, also producing large-scale video-art installations.

He has filmed in spaces of subjective devotion that come to inform notions of objectivity; from warzones, to banks, to churches and bedrooms. His contribution to the development of video-art resides in the use of transcendence: times and places when human experience has pushed the boundaries of documentary filmmaking, when the genre itself becomes a liminal art.

His work has been featured in major international group exhibitions, including the Geneva Biennale of the Moving Image (2015), the Sundance Film Festival: New Frontier (2011), the Berlin Biennale (2010), and the Sydney Biennale (2008).

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