ok to rest Program at Images Festival 2022: Slow Edition

Eve Tagny, Labouring bodies [eulogy for the soil], 2021, digital video. 27 min. (Video still courtesy of the artist).

35th Annual Images Festival Slow Edition presents ok to rest

ON NOW until August 6, 2022

Images Festival Programming Director Jaclyn Quaresma presents a suite of connected exhibitions and screenings titled ok to rest. The program, 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 reflection continued with the TORONTO PREMIERE of the feature film If From Every Tongue it Drips (2022) by Sharlene Bamboat which kicked off the ON SCREEN program.

I Can Hear My Echo featured artists and filmmakers Heehyun Choi, Sara Cwynar, and Laïla Mestari and how they consider contemporary image – capturing practices highlighting the joy, anxiety, and utility of limitless, unmediated, isolated yet interconnected access to images both online and AFK (away from the keyboard).

Leaky Gardens considered the uncontainability of edges and borders alongside the work of three artists (Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Yza Nouiga, and Eve Tagny) who currently reside in so-called Canada.

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 TODAY (June 29) in-person, in partnership with Gallery TPW and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

Not quite soping in grief, a soft landing proposes the gallery as a place where sorrow, heartache, and distress might be processed. With compassion at its core, a soft landing considers the adjustment to one’s own experiences during the pandemic and celebrates the slow process of coming back together. The exhibition is open to the public from June 29-August 6, 2022 at Gallery TPW open Wednesday-Sunday from 11am-5pm EDT.

Min-Wei Ting, You’re Dead to Me, 2014, digital video. 14 min. (Video still courtesy of the artist).

Rebellious Flesh screening in-person on July 7, 2022 at 7PM EDT at Innis Town Hall Theatre is curated in collaboration with Marifel Catalig, an end-of-life guide with 11 years of experience as a Respiratory Therapist. The program reflects on the works of artists Xiaolu Wang, Joie Estrella Horwitz, Min-Wei Ting, and Erika DeFreitas in connection to slowness, breathing, and mortality.

Blue I and Blue II is a compilation of work by local and international artists and filmmakers that centre the colour blue historically, aesthetically, and conceptually in both digital and analogue film formats.

Blue I presents Derek Jarman’s final—and most daring—cinematic statement, Blue (1993) screening on June 17, 2022 at 12pm EDT at Innis Town Hall Theatre. In this feature film, Jarman the romantic meets Jarman the iconoclast in a lush soundscape pulsing against a purely blue screen. Laying bare his physical and spiritual state in a narration about his life, his struggle with AIDS and his encroaching blindness, Blue is by turns poignant, amusing, poetic and philosophical.

Márcio Cruz, Blackness = Time ÷ Media = ∞, digital video, 2021. 6 min. (Video still courtesy of the artist).

Blue II follows at 2pm EDT and features the work of Heehyun Choi, Emily Pelstring, Serena Lee, Syd Farrington, Márcio Cruz, Chelsea Philips-Carr, and Anna Hawkins. There will be a Q&A with curator Jaclyn Quaresma and the artists/filmmakers following the screening.

El Lado Quieto (2021) a feature film by award-winning artists/filmmakers Carolina Fusilier and Miko Revereza closes ok to rest and the 2022 Images Festival: Slow Edition on July 23, 2022 at 7pm EDT at Innis Town Hall Theatre.

We invite you to see the remaining programs of this 35th edition of the Images Festival. Get your tickets now before they sell out, by visiting the Images Website!

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.

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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