Experimentations in Film and Video
Presented by Southern Exposure in partnership with the Arab Film Festival
Curated by Taraneh Hemami with Valerie Imus and Maysoun Wazwaz

Saturday, October 23, 2010, 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

TICKETS: $5 per screening, $8 for both (access to research lounge and video installations is free)

Southern Exposure, in partnership with the Arab Film Festival, presents Time After Time: Actions and Interactions, a one-day festival featuring new and experimental film and video work by emerging and established filmmakers and artists. Coming from centers of conflict and finding their lives entangled with the realities of the everyday wars of ideas and ideals, these artists use diverse strategies to explore their continuous state of flux. This one-day festival serves as a forum for research and exchange, offering personal and collective explorations into contradicting and contested realities while investigating ways to shift prevailing perceptions. 

Featured artists include: Adel Abidin, Bahar Behbahani, Taha Belal, Wafaa Bilal, Dina Danish, Jeanno Gaussi, Ghazel, Babak Golkar, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Malak Helmy, Vera Kachouh, Bessma Khalaf, Ali Mafakheri, Chloé Mazlo, Moataz Nasr, Leila Pazooki, Zineb Sedira, Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert Jones, Katayoun Vaziri and Naomi Safran-Hon, Wafaa Yasin and Akram Zaatari.

Research Lounge OPEN
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Video Installations: Acting Up
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm (except during screenings)
Adel Abidin, Bahar Behbahani, Wafaa Bilal, Dina Danish, Jeanno Gaussi, Babak Golkar, Ghazaleh Hedayat, Bessma Khalaf, Ali Mafakheri, Moataz Nasr, Leila Pazooki, Wafaa Yasin

The video installations selected for Acting Up enact a preoccupation with the body and its presentation in and up against cultural and historical contexts. The artists alter the narrations of the familiar and the traditional. They insert themselves into the frame both physically and emotionally, suspending realities, challenging presumed identities and becoming landscapes that endure the assaults of history. 

Screening 1: When We Were
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jeanno Gaussi, Ghazel, Malak Helmy, Vera Kachouh, Zineb Sedira, Nomi Talisman, Akram Zaatari

When We Were features a selection of works that weave together nostalgic personal narratives and loaded political histories to investigate the disjuncture caused by a progressive layering of identities and localities. Some works look to popular culture as road maps within hybridized landscapes of the past, while others excavate memories of home or locations of intimacy, sifting through the histories that layer and haunt each locale. 

Screening 2: Lip Synching
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Taha Belal, Dina Danish, Chloé Mazlo, Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones, Katayoun Vaziri and Naomi Safran-Hon 

Lip Synching brings together a group of works that explore connections and disconnections between the multiple cultures they simultaneously inhabit. Using playful methodologies to present emotional moments of dislocation and misunderstandings, some utilize a newly forged hybrid language of liminality to navigate through an anxious space, while others evoke a poetic internal history where textual and social bonds parallel physical ones.

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm