Guest ON SCREEN Programs at Images Festival 2022: Slow Edition

Bo WANG & PAN Lu, Miasma, Plants, Export, Paintings, digital video, 2017. 28 MIN. (Video still courtesy of the artists).

Guest ON SCREEN Programs
35th Annual Images Festival Presents the Slow Edition

Images Festival is excited to announce the launch of its 35th edition! Toronto’s original experimental film and video art festival returns to cinemas and art galleries across the city, and online via live-stream at imagesfestival.com. The 35th annual Images Festival showcases the work of over 70 amazing artists and filmmakers from Toronto and around the world, throughout the summer of 2022.

Images Festival invited curators Kerry-Ann James, Lauren Fournier, Bouchra Assou, Call Again (Henry Heng Lu, Winnie Wu and Weibin Wang), Claudia Mattos, and Fatma Hendawy among others to develop this year’s program. The result is a total of 10 guest-curated programs, alongside the filmic explorations of ok to rest. The guest ON SCREEN programs will be available both in-person and online on the Images website, with Q&As with the curators and artists following the screenings.

Kicking off the guest ON SCREEN programs is Green Pastures, Still Waters, and Black Rhythms: Rituals as Rest and Resistance curated by Kerry-Ann James. The program features local and international Black/indigenous filmmakers and performers Roya DelSol, Kourtney Jackson, Kaya Joan, Ayo Tsalithaba, Elisha Smith-Leverock, Evan Ifekoya, Grace Channer, and Tanika I. Williams. With an interest in landscape, spirituality, and multidimensional temporalities, the selected films embody resistance, connection, and joy. The program streams on June 21, 2022 from 11AM-11PM EDT.

Through Family, Ferments, Kinship, Home, curator Lauren Gabrielle Fournier brings together the work of Kimberly Ho, Diana Bang, Samuel Kiehoon Lee, E Edreva, Paul Wong, TJ Shin, Jamie Ross, Leo Williams, Max Horwich, Ashley Jane Lewis, Katya Rozanova, and Emily Saltz as they reimagine what constitutes family, belonging, and home through the radically patient practices of fermentation and knowledge-sharing from their respective lives. The program will stream online from 11AM-11PM EDT on June 23, 2022.

Hope Strickland, I could name you myself (I would hold you forever), digital video, 2021. 7 MIN. (Video still courtesy of the artist).

Student programmer Bouchra Assou selected Maia Torp Neergaard, Naoami Pacifique, Hope Strickland, Laura Moreano Bueno, Yudhajit Basu, and Hovig Hagopian from an outstanding pool of student film submissions for Haptic Poetics. Streaming online from 11AM-11PM EDT on July 5, 2022, the program showcases emerging talent from around the globe – with work conjuring narratives of embodied, tactile, and multisensory visuality.

Call Again (Henry Lu, Weibin Wang, and Winnie Wu) investigates prejudice, power, and segregation through historical events through The Excerpts. The two films featured in this program, Miasma, Plants, Export Paintings by Bo WANG and PAN Lu and Continuous Journey by Ali Kazimi will stream from 11AM-11PM EDT on July 12, 2022.

Cruel Optimism curated by Claudia Mattos helps us all envision therapeutic, stabilizing, and hopeful outcomes for the future. The program features Alliance of the Southern Triangle (Diann Bauer, Felice Grodin, Patricia Margarita Hernández, and Elite Kedan), Patricia Domínguez Claro and Nicole L’Huillier, VLM (Virginia L. Montgomery), Zeesy Powers, and Tabita Rezaire and streams online from 11AM-11PM EDT on July 14, 2022 at 7PM.

Hassan Khan, Blind Ambition, digital video, 2012. 46 MIN. (Video still courtesy of the artist).

It is an honour to close our guest ON SCREEN programs with a special program curated by Egyptian-born, Toronto-based curator Fatma Hendawy: Blind Ambition by celebrated Egyptian artist, musician and writer, Hassan Khan. It will screen on July 21 at 7PM EDT at Innis Town Hall Theatre with a written interview between Fatma Hendawy and Hassan Khan available on the Images Website.

Images Festival is committed to providing an accessible festival and continues to work to reduce barriers to participation in our events. In this ongoing effort to make Images more accessible to our community, all exhibitions and online screenings are available for FREE and all in-person screenings are Pay What You Can. Concurrently, the following services will be implemented for select events in 2022: closed captioning, creative audio description, and ASL interpretation. In addition, all of our digital publications are formatted for assistive reading technologies.

We are also implementing a COVID-19 policy including masking, vaccination checks, reduced capacity, self-assessments, and contact tracing to reduce the risk of transmission for all, and to prioritize the participation of people who are disability-identified, immunocompromised, or part of an otherwise vulnerable group.

The 2022 Images Festival: Slow Edition results in a collective contemplation of the generative possibilities of transgression, tenderness, and slowness, as considered by each of the invited curators.

As a response to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s festival takes a reparative approach to its programming by way of the Slow Edition. Untethering Images Festival from the traditional week-long timeline, the 2022 festival considers slowness and takes place interspersed throughout the summer. This year’s edition also sees Images Festival extending artist talks and exhibitions to a broad public with a year-round schedule. The Slow Edition decentralizes its framework to showcase a number of viewpoints.

To see Images Festival’s brand new website and learn more about the full programming lineup, please visit our website: www.imagesfestival.com.

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