Showing three films from the Cinenova Archive together with their recent film series, Narrative Reflections on Looking, Victoria presents a programme of films on the space of desire in the experience of identifying with images, and queer and diasporic embodiment. Featuring films by Leone Knight, Lana Lin, and Jeanette Iljon. The screening will run for approximately 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A and drinks.
Preface/Looking Without Touching – Victoria Sin, 2017, UK
In Loving Memory – Leone Knight, 1992, Australia
Part One/She Was More Than the Sum of My Parts – Victoria Sin, 2016, UK
Stranger Baby (1995), Lana Lin, 1995, USA
Part Two The Reprise of Cthulhu – Victoria Sin, 2016, UK
Focii – Jeanette Iljon, 1974, UK
Part Three/Cthulhu Through the Looking Glass – Victoria Sin, 2017, UK
Victoria Sin (b. 1991, Toronto CA) is an artist using speculative fiction within performance, moving image, writing, and print to interrupt normative processes of desire, identification, and objectification. This includes:
Drag as a practice of purposeful embodiment questioning the reification and ascription of ideal images within technologies of representation and systems of looking,
Science fiction as a practice of rewriting patriarchal and colonial narratives naturalized by scientific and historical discourses on states of sexed, gendered and raced bodies,
Storytelling as a collective practice of centering marginalized experience, creating a multiplicity of social contexts to be immersed in and strive towards.
Drawing from close personal encounters of looking and wanting, their work presents heavily constructed fantasy narratives on the often unsettling experience of the physical within the social body.
Cinenova: Now Showing began in March 2015. The series intends to materialise relationships between contemporary artist moving image practice and the feminist and organising legacies present in the Cinenova collection.
Cinenova is a volunteer-run organisation preserving and distributing the work of feminist film and video makers. Cinenova currently distributes over 300 titles that include artists’ moving image, experimental film, narrative feature films, documentary and educational videos made from the 1920s to the late 1990s. The thematics in these titles include oppositional histories, post-colonial struggles, representation of gender, race, sexuality, and other questions of difference and importantly the relations and alliances between these different struggles. The Cinenova Working Group, founded in 2010, oversees the ongoing work of distribution, as well as special projects that seek to question the conditions of the organisation.