articule is proud to partner, for the fifth consecutive year, with the South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) to present Monitor 11 : South Asian Experimental Film & Video. Titled These Monsters are Real and curated by Azar Mahmoudian (Tehran) and Leila Pourtavaf (Toronto), this edition questions how trauma haunts us and reflects on the increasing social anxieties about environmental catastrophies, current geopolitical crises and global tragedies. The Monitor series is an annual program of videos and short films showcasing new and innovative works by artists from Canada and abroad.
Doors open at 5:30 PM
Followed by a panel discussion with Sharlene Bamboat (SAVAC) and Black Radical Imagination, in English with French whispered translation available
For the last decade, SAVAC’s (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) annual experimental film and video program Monitor : South Asian Experiemental Film + Video, has held a steady engagement with an international community of artists, curators and critiques. It has carved out a unique place in Canada, initiating dialogues around the shifting nature of South Asian politics, economies and landscape through artists’ film and video.
Azar Mahmoudian is an independent curator and researcher based in Tehran. She has curated exhibitions and screenings for Cultuurcentrum Bruges, Belgium; Contemporary Art Brussels; SOAS, University of London; Blackwood Gallery, Toronto; and was a 2014 Fellow of Global Art Forum 8, Dubai. She currently works as a lecturer in Tehran universities and collaborates with a project-space in Tehran.
Leila Pourtavaf is a Toronto-based writer, independent curator and doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Toronto. She was a founding member and coordinator of the projet Mobilivre–Bookmobile project, and editor of The Bookmobile Book (2015) which chronicles the project’s history. She is also the editor of Féminismes électriques (2012), a bilingual collection of essays which reflect on the last decade of feminist art production.
SAVAC would like to thank the following Concordia University partners for their support of the Monitor 11 programme: EARH (Ethnocultural Art Histories Research), the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, as well as the Department of Art History.
As part of The Other Film Festival (OFF), a discussion on the idea of otherness in artistic creation (especially film and video) will be hosted by writer and curator Nasrin Himada (Montreal), with the curators of Black Radical Imagination Erin Christovale (Los Angeles) and Amir George (Chicago), and Sharlene Bamboat, Artistic Director of SAVAC (Toronto). The discussion will follow the Monitor 11 screening.
articule is proud to join the first Canadian tour of the Black Radical Imagination short films programme initiated by SAW Video (Ottawa). The 2015 edition, entitled Reclamation of the Black Body, examines the reclamation of the black body through new media and experimental storytelling.
Doors open at 6:30 PM
Screening followed by short Q&A with the curators, in English with French whispered translation available