Artists’ Film International part II

Artists’ Film International is a network of art institutions from around the world, first established by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in 2008. From a selected theme, each participating institution chooses a film from an emerging artist. The theme for 2018 is Truth and the complete film program will be presented in four parts throughout the year, this is the second part.

AFI Part II
Vladimir Nicolic’, There is No Landscape, 2014, 06.45 min. Selected by Belgrade Cultural Centre, Belgrad, Serbien.
Patrick Hough, And If In A Thousand Years, 2017, 22.14 min. Selected by Whitechapel Gallery, London, England.
Elena Mazzi, I am talking to you, 2016–2018, 11 min. Selected by GAMeC, Bergamo, Italien.

In There Is No Landscape, we are enjoying the beautiful landscape photography of the mountain Luofu in China while we are listening to a discussion between a reporter and an expert, who are witnessing an artists’ performance. The film confronts us with a dilemma: what to trust, the picture or the interpretative apparatus surrounding it?

I’m Talking to You, is filmed in the homes of people living in Helsinki, documenting their interaction with television, radio and computer while listening to the news. Focusing on the relation between people and what is commonly understood as our primary source of information: the media.

The discovery of Cecile B. de Mille’s Ten Commandments film set, buried in the sands of California for nearly 90 years, is the point of departure for And If In a Thousand Years. What hovers over the place is a spirit of uncertainty; one that questions bedrock values like ‘originality’ and ‘authenticity’.

Participating Institutions:
Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm;
The Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Belgrad; Centre for
Contemporary Arts Afghanistan, Kabul; The Contemporary
Art Centre, Litauen; Fundacion PRÓA, Buenos Aires; Galleria
D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; Hammer
Museum, Los Angeles; Hanoi/DOCLAB, Hanoi; Istanbul
Modern, Istanbul; Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology,Lissabon; Museum of Modern Art, Warszawa; Video – Forum of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin; Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong; Project 88, Mumbai; Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsö; The Whitworth, Manchester; Whitechapel Gallery, London.

Photo: Elena Mazzi, I am talking to you (Still from film), 2016–2018.

Thanks to Friedrich Wikland – Riemann 8 och Informationsteknik.