Open Secret: Screenings + Workshops at Agnes Etherington Art Centre

Open Secret: Screenings + Workshops

Open Secret is a series composed of screenings and workshops featuring the work of Parastoo Anoushahpour, Kriss Li, Sharlene Bamboat, and Sofía Gallisá Muriente. This series takes its departure from Fred Moten’s words that “poetry investigates new ways for people to get together and do stuff in the open, in secret.” Similarly, cinema’s capacity to condition spaces for gathering, and the double maneuver of opacity and transparency inherent in its making sets the precedent for this sort of investigation embedded in collaboration. These works present a way to renegotiate what forms around the binaries of outside and inside, of what we know and what we don’t need to know, of expanse and enclosure. The four artists invite us to think alongside them about the effects of subtle transformations, the eroticism of language and translation, dispersion and collectivity, and the architecture of permeability and impermanence. All through what might inspire new formations of the diasporic image.

Screenings take place at The Screening Room, 120 Princess Street, Kingston and are free and open to all. Workshops are hosted at Agnes and open to students. Please register as space is limited.

Curated by Nasrin Himada

Screening + Conversation
Thursday, 19 January, 6–8 pm
Friday, 20 January, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

Parastoo Anoushahpour (Iran / Canada) is an artist originally from Tehran now based in Toronto working predominantly with film, video and installation. The Time That Separates Us, (2022) circles the story of Lot’s wife and its related sites of mythology, ancient salt-rock formations found doubled across a contested border. In the process the Pillar of Salt becomes a portal through which to face the contemporary Jordan River Valley, its heavily militarized border and complex infrastructures of tourism, and the stigmatized realms of desire, sexuality, and gender encoded within this highly mediated political landscape.

Screening + Artist Talk
Thursday, 9 February, 6–8 pm
Friday, 10 February, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

Kriss Li is a multimedia artist who creates films, installations, and conceptual projects that explore structures of power. These works investigate the foundational divisions and hierarchies that maintain our social order—the ways these systems condition us in spite of our intentions, and the hidden sites of possibility that we can exploit towards greater collective capacities. This program features an artist talk and screenings of selected short films by Kriss.

Screening + Conversation
Thursday, 9 March, 6–8 pm
Friday, 10 March, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

Sharlene Bamboat is a moving image and installation artist based in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal. Her practice often engages with translation, history and music, uncovering sensory and fractured ways of knowing. Sharlene regularly collaborates with artists, musicians and writers to animate historical, political, legal, and pop-culture materials. If from Every Tongue It Drips (2021) explores questions of distance and proximity, identity and otherness, through scenes from the daily interactions between two queer women—a poet and a cameraperson.

Screening + Conversation
Thursday, 6 April, 6–8 pm
Friday, 7 April, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

Sofía Gallisá Muriente is an artist whose research-based practice resists colonial erasures and claims the freedom of historical agency, proposing mechanisms for remembering and reimagining. Sofía has been a fellow of the Smithsonian Institute, Annenberg Media Lab at USC and the Flaherty Seminar, and participated in residencies such as Alice Yard (Trinidad & Tobago), FAARA (Uruguay) and Fonderie Darling (Montreal). This program features two screenings: Celaje (2020) and The Envoy (2022).

Partners: The Screening Room; OPIRG Kingston; Reelout: Kingston’s queer film + video festival; and the Department of Film + Media, Queen’s University

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Agnes Etherington Art Centre
Situated within the territories of the Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat, Agnes is a curatorially-driven and research-intensive professional art centre that proudly serves a dual mandate as a leading, internationally recognized public art gallery and as an active pedagogical resource at Queen’s University. By commissioning, researching, collecting and stewarding works of art and by exhibiting and interpreting visual culture through an intersectional lens, Agnes creates opportunities for participation and exchange across communities, cultures, histories and geographies.

Agnes is committed to anti-racism. We work to eradicate institutional biases and develop accountable programs that support and centre the artistic expression and lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Agnes promotes 2SLGBTQIAP+ positive spaces. Free. Everyone welcome.

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Agnes is an accessible venue, details can be found here.

AGNES THANKS Queen’s University, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston Arts Council, and through generous contributions by foundations, corporate partners, donors and members.

1. Parastoo Anoushahpour, The Time That Separates Us (still), 2022, 8MM and HD, 35 min;
2. (left to right, top to bottom) Portrait of Parastoo Anoushahpour. Courtesy of the artist; Portrait of Kriss Li. Courtesy of the artist; Portrait of Sharlene Bamboat. Photo: Yuula Benivolski; Portrait of Sofía Gallisá Muriente. Photo: Alberto Santiago
3. Sofía Gallisá Muriente, manos playa (still). Courtesy of the artist

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