Images Festival 2022: Slow Edition

2022 Program Announcement

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 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.

Slow in both concept and form, this year’s Images Festival has been untethered from the typical seven-to-ten-day festival schedule. The 2022 Slow Edition presents a program of exhibitions and screenings dispersed across four months. Recognized internationally for the exhibition and discourse of experimental film and media art, Images continues to explore how moving image works are created, exhibited, and received in the current socio-political moment. Images Festival is thrilled to present to you 4 OFF SCREEN exhibitions, and over 50 films and videos screening across 12 ON SCREEN and ONLINE programs.

Images Programming Director Jaclyn Quaresma presents a suite of connected exhibitions and screenings titled ok to rest. ok to rest, as a whole, is a reflection on the question: If the show must go on, how might it be more kind, more generous, more available, and more loving towards its myriad composers, publics, participants, and their positionalities?

The exhibitions and the in-cinema and online screenings that are offered through ok to rest intervene, alter, and subtly disrupt the atmosphere of the traditional festival model, creating space for slowness, for tender transgressions, and for rest. Across 8 programs, the publics are given the opportunity to delve deeper into the practices of artists and filmmakers who are able to show multiple works over the duration of the festival.

ok to rest opened with an exhibition titled Do You Know Why the Waves Break? featuring the work of Myriam Rey, Laïla Mestari, and Alyssa Alikpala. The filmmaker and two artists set the tone for the suite, foregrounding the importance of making space for the many embodied forms of knowing and contemplation.

Kaya Joan, Part Three, digital video, 2020. 04 MIN. (Video still courtesy of the artist).

The reflection continues with the TORONTO PREMIERE of the feature film If From Every Tongue it Drips (2022)—an experimental documentary that takes as its subject two women (a poet, and her lover, the camera operator) living in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka—, which kicks off the ON SCREEN program on Friday, June 17th in-person at Innis Town Hall Theatre. This event will be followed by a live Q&A with director Sharlene Bamboat. Get your tickets before they sell out!

The 10 screenings that follow are guest-curated by Call Again (Henry Heng Lu, Weibin Wang, Winnie Wu), Amin Alsaden, Bouchra Assou, Marifel Catalig, Jesse Cumming, Lauren Gabrielle Fournier, Elise Misao Hunchuck, Kerry-Ann James, Claudia Mattos and Fatma Hendawy, alongside the filmic explorations of ok to rest. The ON SCREEN programs conclude with the CANADIAN PREMIERE of the feature film El Lado Quieto (2021). This slow-pan film is a contemplation of empire and “what comes after”; directed by Miko Revereza & Carolina Fusilier, the film closes the screening program on Saturday, July 23 at Innis Town Hall.

Throughout the festival, OFF SCREEN exhibitions will be open to the publics. Exiled at Home, curated by Amin Alsaden and presented in partnership with Vtape, showcases videos by Southwest Asian artists Mona Hatoum, Akram Zaatari, Nahed Mansour, Atefeh Khademolreza, Parastoo Anoushahpour and Faraz Anoushahpour, Rehab Nazzal, and Walid Ra’ad. Sensual Life: The Films and Videos of Kyoko Michishita curated by Jesse Cumming will be the first exhibition featuring largely unseen videos that have recently gone through a major restoration and digitization project, bringing Kyoko Michishita’s long-unavailable videos and films to the French and English speaking publics. Opening on June 24, this exhibition is presented in partnership with Le Labo and The Japan Foundation Toronto. Finally, a soft landing, featuring the work of critically lauded, so-called Canadian artists Alyssa Alikpala, Erika DeFreitas, Rihab Essayh, Eve Tagny, and Alize Zorlutuna, opens on June 29, in partnership with Gallery TPW and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

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.

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