Recent Work by Ana Vaz
Ana Vaz in Person!
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Sunday, May 8, 6 pm, $7-10
The work of Ana Vaz confronts our conceptualization of history via themes of colonialism, semiotics, and memory. Vaz creates loose sound and color palettes, imagines impossible pasts, and melds together popular and personal texts all in service of refocusing our understanding of the ages before our own. She reframes well-known historical realities with elements of utopian fantasy and poetic logic as a window to the contemporary moment and its inheritance of complicated forces.
I PREFER NOT TO BE BUT TO TUPI (2015, 20’, performance, video, sound)
Brazilian modernist poet Oswald de Andrade cannibalizes Hamlet in his Anthropophagic Manifesto, a gesture of perspectival shift: Tupi or not not Tupi that is the question. The Amerindian Tupinambá, the Tupi, become the symbolic nexus that roots this shift. Therein, we must remember “we are all indians, expect for the ones who are not”. I Prefer Not to Be but to Tupi is a camouflaged incantation of another film, a literary expansion on and for the cinematic, an opening into a horizon of sonic and textual presences, spectres in/tangled in time and places. – AV
A IDADE DA PEDRA (2013, 29’, 16mm/HD, sound)
“As artificial as the world must have been when it was created”
A voyage into the far west of Brazil leads us to a monumental structure – petrified at the centre of the savannah. Inspired by the epic construction of the city of Brasília, the film uses this history to imagine it otherwise. “I look at Brasília the way I look at Rome : Brasília began with a final simplification of ruins”. Through the geological traces that lead us to this fictive monument, the film unearths a history of exploration, prophecy and myth. -AV
A FILM, RECLAIMED (Ana Vaz & Tristan Bera, 2015, 20’, HD, sound)
The ecologic crisis is a political, economic and social crisis. It is also cinematographic, as cinema coincides historically and in a critical and descriptive way with the development of the Anthropocene. “A Film, Reclaimed” is a conversation, a pamphlet that reads the terrestrial crisis under the influence and with the help of the beautiful and terrible films which have accompanied it. – AV + TB
Ana Vaz (b. 1986, Brasília) is an artist and filmmaker whose films and expanded works speculate upon the relationships between self and other, myth and history through a cosmology of signs, references and perspectives. Assemblages of found and shot materials, her films combine ethnography and speculation in exploring the frictions and fictions imprinted upon natural and built environments and its multiple inhabitants. A graduate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and Le Fresnoy Studio National, Ana was also a member of SPEAP (School of Political Arts), a project conceived and directed by Bruno Latour. Recent screenings include the New York Film Festival – Projections, TIFF Wavelenghts, CPH:DOX, Videobrasil and Lux Salon. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of artistic excellence and innovation in her moving-image work.
Programmed by Christy LeMaster
Filed under: documentary
The Nightingale will host a screening of first year SAIC MFA students’ film, video, and new media work.
The Nightingale Cinema, 1084 N. Milwaukee
Friday, May 6th, 7 pm, $7-10
Ranging from experimental documentary to 3D and 2D experimental animation, these films and videos represent the culmination of a year spent in thought and labor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. These works, produced as first year students in the MFA program, explore themes of loss and displacement, the role of the accordion in Chinese culture, and chance operations. Join us for a screening of works completed and in progress, including a live kazoo soundtrack.
Joe Houlberg – BIRTHz
Ricardo Salcedo Martínez – Home(s)
Julia Pello – In the Time//In the House\\ of Slow Sex
Emily Sasmor – COWBOYS, COWBOYS, COWBOYS, MINERS, COWBOYS – ACT III – THE GIRL GANG AND THE PONY
Benji Sayed – ihavefailedyouall
Kelsey Velez – Pinwheel
Peng Zuqiang – Accordion Class
Joe Houlberg is an Ecuadorian film director, born in 1986. He studied Film and Philosophy at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. At the moment, Houlberg is studying an MFA in Filmography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Throughout his career, Joe has explored the forms of communication present among the living beings, beyond words. This exploration may be experienced in SED, his first feature film (Chicago Latino Film Fest), as well as in BEUEU (Best Short film: Cero Latitud, Official Selection: Chicago Latino, Lakino Berlin), NO VA A NINGÚN LADO (Official Selection: Cine- marea, Tamaulipas, Espejo) and NIEBLA MUDA (Honorable Mention: La Orquídea).
Ricardo Salcedo Martínez was born in Cuenca, Ecuador in 1989. He got his undergraduate degree Film at the School of Arts and Social Sciences in Chile. Through fiction, documentary and essay film forms his work often delves into questions of identity, belonging and perception. He is currently studying for his Master’s at SAIC.
Julia Pello is a Russian-born poet and filmmaker who has shown work around the world including at The Getty, Le Centre Pompidou, and the Bangkok International Film Festival among many others. She has collaborated on various audio-visual projects including Hour of Star and Zerkalo and presented live projections at such venues as Cité de La Musique. Julia is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Emily Sasmor’s work focuses on power relationships. Telling narratives focusing on interpersonal relationships allows her to talk about domination on both a small and large scale. Using both tangible and intangible materials, she brings up the roles that reality and the imaginary play within them. The stories and spaces she creates are meant to leave questions. None of which are answered. By reveling in these interactions, the viewer is asked to enter into limbos, engaging with unending, repetitious power struggles.
Desi-Corean artist Benji is interested in glitch, noise, and game environments to explore concepts of identity loss, alienation, anxiety, and failure.
Kelsey Velez is an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has screened at Indie Grits in Columbia, SC, New Orleans, LA & in Athens, Greece. She is interested in marrying traditions of representation and abstraction to depict and distort ideas of recreation, diversion and sport.
Peng Zuqiang is a filmmaker and translator born in Changsha, China in 1992. His film and video works speculate and question the potential and condition of collectivism through exploring historical objects and environments. Recent exhibitions include: “De arrogantie van De jeugd” (2015) at Galerie Gabriel Rolt, Amsterdam. “Casual Contradictions” (2014) at MOCA Shijiazhuang, and “The Temporary: 01” (2014), at ARTicle Gallery, Birmingham. His has participated in screenings at Acadia Missa and Chinese Visual Festival, both in London where he completed his BA at Goldsmiths College. He is currently a candidate of MFA in Film at the School of Art Institute in Chicago.
Programmed by Emily Eddy and Kelsey Velez
Filed under: 16mm
, new media