14 October 2014 – 11 January 2015, Zilkha Auditorium
The Whitechapel Gallery presents new works for Artists’ Film International, a collection of artists’ film, video and animation from around the world. Selected by organisations in Argentina, China, Israel, Russia and the USA, this season’s works explore self-representation through music, photography and sculpture.
In Jorge Macchi’s (Argentina) film 12 short Songs (2009), newspaper headlines relating to the recent global financial crisis are turned into melodies. The text is imprinted on strips of paper and rolled through a music box, transforming the disastrous headlines into calming sounds associated with serenity and sleep.
Untitled (David) (2012) by Nicole Miller (USA) observes a man the artist encountered by chance on the street. He recounts the events leading to the amputation of his left arm whilst his right limb is reflected in a mirror, a rehabilitation technique which helps patients deal with the painful symptoms of a phantom limb.
Artist Angela Su’s (China) film The Hartford Girl and Other Stories (2010) looks at issues related to the phenomenon of self-mutilation in contemporary society, from tattooing to body modification and self-harm.
In Oded Hirsch’s (Israel) absurdist film The Tractor (2014) farmers are shown hurriedly at work in a desolate field. At the request of the artist, the group uncovers a tractor buried deep in the soil as if it were an archaeological relic from a glorious past.
Pitter-Patter (2009) by artist collective Provmyza (Russia) focusses on a young woman on her sickbed and the crowd of people who have come to bid her farewell as her life slips away. The work is an attempt to recreate a photograph by 19th century English photographer Henry Peach Robinson using performance and music.
Films are selected by Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Ballroom Marfa, Texas, USA; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, China; City Gallery, Kfar Saba, Israel and National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia.
Notes for editors
– Artists’ Film International is a collaborative project presenting artists chosen by 15 partner organisations around the world. Works are presented over the course of a year in each venue.
– Artists’ Film International organisations are: the Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrade; Video-Forum (n.b.k), Berlin; GAMeC, Bergamo; Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires; Hanoi/DOCLAB, Hanoi; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Istanbul Modern, Istanbul; City Gallery, Kfar Saba; Centre for Contemporary Arts Afghanistan (CCAA), Kabul; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, Texas; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Project 88, Mumbai; KINOKINO Centre for Art and Film, Sandnes, Norway; Cinematheque de Tanger, Tangier and City Gallery Wellington, Wellington.
– Artists’ Film International is curated for the Whitechapel Gallery by Omar Kholeif, Curator, Whitechapel Gallery with Candy Stobbs, Assistant Curator, Whitechapel Gallery.
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