Art Creates Change: Ali Kazimi

Shooting Indians by Ali Kazimi, 1997

OCAD University’s Faculty of Art presents:
Art Creates Change
The Kim Pruesse Speakers Series

Two Events with
Ali Kazimi

Artist Talk & Reception: Thursday, January 18, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Screening & Seminar: Friday, January 26, 3:30 pm – 9:00 pm
OCAD University Auditorium (Room 190), Toronto
Free to Public
Wheelchair accessible

Art Creates Change is a long-running lecture series, almost 20 years, sponsored by the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. The series focuses on artists whose work engages and challenges the conventions of creative practice and political imperatives, and their various locations of agency. One of the artists of focus this year is Governor General’s Award recipient and acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Ali Kazimi.

Ali Kazimi is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and visual artist whose work deals with race, social justice, migration, history, memory, and archives. His critically acclaimed films have been shown at festivals around the world, winning national and international honours and awards. His productions have been broadcast nationally and internationally.

Artist Talk & Reception
Thurs. | January 18 | 6:30 pm
Ali Kazimi will address issues of history and social justice from a diasporic lens, specifically one rooted in India and will show clips that speak to the centrality of relational filmmaking in his practice, and the ethical and moral dilemmas in addressing issues of race and representation.

Screening & Seminar
Fri. | January 26 | 3:30 pm
Ali will show two films, Shooting Indians (1997, 45 min) and Beyond Extinction (2022, 102 min), works that deal with the perspective of Indigeneity through an immigrant lens. Moving beyond the White Settler/ Indigenous paradigm the films open up discussions about the relationships between racialized immigrant communities and Indigenous communities, while also addressing the legacies of colonialism. Respondents include Ryan Rice, Kajri Jain, Stephen Foster and Indu Vashist.

Events co-sponsors:
Graduate Studies at OCAD U
York Centre for Asian Studies
Cinema Studies Institute, UofT
Centre for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, UofT

OCAD University
Auditorium, Room 190
100 McCaul St, Toronto, ON, CA, M5T 1W1
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Co-programmers: b.h. Yael, soJin Chun, Marton Robinson