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November 24, 10:00am - 05:00pm

films4peace
September 27 to November 24, 2013

Presented in SAAG's Media Gallery

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is proud to join hundreds of cultural institutions world wide in this peace initiative.

For World Peace Day on September 21, films4peace, an annual, unique short film commision by PUMA, again explores the subject of peace via the medium of film.  Now in its third year, the project is curated by Mark Coetzee, ex-Director of the Rubell Family Collection, supported by PUMA and produced by Shooting People.  It features some of today's most innovative contemporary artists all of whom are asked to visually interpret the subject of peace.

These short films are released annually, on World Peace Day, both physically, at cultural and educational venues globally, and online via websites, blogs and media channels.  The films are live screened at hundreds of cultural venues, from Human Rights Festivals to major museums public spaces, youth leadership conferences and new media centres, from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA to Kashmir, India - in 2012, screenings spanned 23 countries.

The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is excited to present this film series in our multipurpose gallery from September 28 to November 24, 2013.

“Artists confront us with the challenges that face us at this time,” said Mark Coetzee, films4peace curator. “films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions. PUMA.Peace wishes to contribute to making the world a better place. A world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative. We are honoured that the Southern Alberta Art Gallery has joined us in this important initiative.”

Curator Mark Coetzee has comissioned 7 acclaimed artists to create 6 new film shorts around the subject of peace:


 

Zanele Muholi is a multi-award winning, highly provocative and exceedingly in demand South African photographer.  Muholi's work is mostly about increasing the visibility of gay and transgender culture in the black community and she has drawn considerable attention to the practice of "queericide" - people who are killed via gender related hate crimes.

Fellow South African Athi-Patra Ruga is fast becoming an exciting rising star in performance art.  Ruga himself dresses up in a spectacular array of costumes, inserting himself, or rather the characters he is playing, into challenging situations.  He pulls together film, fashion and photography to make thought provoking, striking pieces relating to cultural identity as a hybrid construct.

23 year old Wilmer Wilson (Washington, USA) is a recent photography graduate whose card was marked when the prestigious Conner Contemporary gallery singled him out as one to watch and invited him to debut his challenging first collection.  In creating Domestic Exchange Wilson found his 3D voice to make live sculptures using every day objects with low cultural value to make poignant points around freedom, choice, race.

Over the past decade, New York based Cuban American Anthony Goicolea has gained a reputation as the consummate storyteller.  Having created a significant body of work which has gathered critical acclaim and found its way into numeous galleries both locally and internationally, Goicolea's multimedia works are enigmatic, mysterious, ambiguous, humorous, unsettling, and provocative. 

Brooklyn-based Englishman Rob Carter has a knack for exposing landmarks and iconic structures from above while using his often comedic but always thoughtful knife (literally and figuratively) to create collages of the original material.  Whether its placing the unofficial Church of England (the home of footballers Manchester United) in Canterbury Cathedral, the home of the actual Church of England or placing imagery literally among plants and documenting its growth, his work is thought provoking and engaging.

First initiated by Brazilian-born artist Eli Sudbrack in 1994 as a professional tag, assume vivid astro focus is now a continuously evolving international group of artists known for creating multi-sensational mash-ups of graffiti, disco worship, gay porn and carnival in the form of large-scale installations and performance art.  They are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection. 

In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films will be gifted to the world, within public domain and screening cost free, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on mutliple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally.

For more information visit http://films4peace.com/

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