Vtape presents an on-line screening series selected by Yaniya Lee: fractured horizon – a view from the body
An on-line screening series
selected by YANIYA LEE
fractured horizon – a view from the body
Beginning Friday June 5, 2020
A planned result of her 2019-20 research residency at Vtape, this screening series will now go on-line since it will still be awhile before we can congregate for anything as social as a screening.
Starting on June 5th, one title will be posted every Friday – and there will be some extra mystery titles popping up too – until the whole program is available. On Friday July 31st, Yaniya’s essay investigating the larger questions raised during her research at Vtape will be posted on our website (see below for a sense of her investigation). Finally a live-streamed conversation between Yaniya Lee and Andrea Fatona will follow, date t.b.a.
Deanna Bowen, sum of the parts: what can be named, 2010, 19:00
Cheryl Dunye, Janine, 1990. 10:00
Thirza Cuthand, Thirza Cuthand is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian Act, 2017. 08:56
ariella tai, she’s not gonna get more dead, 06:20
Buseje Bailey, Blood, 1992, 06:00
Donna James, Maigre Dog, 1990. 07:50
Politics and Black Aesthetics in the Vtape Holdings, A Brief Overview
“Our rights to desire, to freely inhabit our bodies and to exist without discrimination based on origin or (access to) assets have all been hard won, and often alongside the work and creative expression of artists. With the knowledge that artists reflect their time in the ways they record, perceive and create, during my residency at Vtape I have been studying the ethical and political struggles of the past through film, video and critical texts in the holdings. I have been searching with particular attention to the development of black film and video practices to locate where, and how, our efforts in art and activism have led to social change. I ask: what are the concerns of a new generation of emerging racialized artists? In what ways do their questions parallel those of the 70s, 80s and 90s?
“This project will undertake these larger questions through careful attention to several bodies of work and pieces of critical writing. I begin with personal interviews with filmmakers and activists represented in the holdings to give me truthful historical contexts with regards to aesthetics and political activism around race, sexuality, ability and class. In my initial search I reviewed the works of Buseje Bailey, Deanna Bowen, Carole Condé & Karl Beveridge, Richard Fung, John Greyson, Sylvia Hamilton and Claire Prieto. My critical writing touchstones are a 2007 FUSE roundtable between Andrea Fatona, Aruna Srivastava and Rinaldo Walcott on the “Ethno Politics of Identity,” a 1993 Cineaction survey article by Gabrielle Hezekiah about black Canadian women filmmakers and video artists, as well as a missive written by the incubator participants of the 2019 Images festival, in which these racialized emerging artists, art workers and curators express their vexation and disappointment with the organization’s efforts towards diversity and inclusion. I will consider the work and politics of the past generations through the lens of this callout: their ethical expectations will be the signposts I use to get a sense of what has changed or stayed the same. This research will culminate in a single substantial essay, a short screening program and a public conversation.” – Yaniya Lee
Yaniya Lee (born in Montreal, QC; lives in Toronto, ON) is interested in community organizing and collective practice. As a writer and editor, she uses interdisciplinary research to question critical-reading practices and reconsider Canadian art histories. In 2019, she co-convened the Bodies Borders Fields symposium with curator Denise Ryner. Lee, a founding collective member of MICE Magazine and current member of the EMILIA-AMALIA Working Group, works as Features Editor at Canadian Art. She is the 2019-2020 Researcher-in-Residence at Vtape.
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