Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Hera Gallery To Present a Weekend Film Festival

Friday, December 10, 7:30 – 9 PM
Video works by Ambuja Magaji
Sunday December 12, 3-4 PM
Experimental Video Shorts by Nancy E. Wyllie
Sunday, December 12, 4:15 – 5:15 PM
Selection of Contemporary Indian Animated Shorts

Hera Gallery will present a weekend series of films, video art, and animation by Rhode Island and Indian artists. The screenings will take place at Hera Gallery. On Friday, December 10 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM Ambuja Magaji will present her video art. The series will continue on Sunday afternoon from 3 – 4 PM with video shorts by Nancy E. Wyllie, and from 4:15 – 5:15 with a selection of animated films by artists living and working in India.
AMBUJA MAGAJI will present her video art including an online collaborative video project with international artists titled The Exquisite Corpse Video Project. She will introduce her work and process. Magaji writes: “As an artist my work speaks in relation to socio-political roles that define human condition. My work also addresses gender roles that communicate complexity of human condition by drawing my own experiences and reflections around me. Born and raised in India and living in the West the two value systems contradict and influence each other in my work. I see a cycle of remembrance, adaptation, avoidance and rediscovery of two cultures in my creative path…”

NANCY E. WYLLIE will screen 7 experimental video shorts that address a variety of subjects including, a Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse auction, the duck and cover generation, NASA, the overactive imagination and an exploration of syntax. Her video art and short documentaries have been screened at The New York International Independent Film Festival, The Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, Action on Film Festival in Long Beach, Twin Rivers Media Festival and Female Shorts : Film and Video Showcase /Celebrating Cinematic Work of Women in the Arts at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.

Selection of Contemporary Indian Animated Shorts

Short animated movies from India were selected by Kavita Singh Kale, in collaboration with the independent curator Viera Levitt. They range from colorful stories where the country of their origin is obvious, through political content told from very personal perspective to more globalized views of the (animated) world. Kavita Singh Kale is a filmmaker, artist and children’s book illustrator living in New Delhi. The selected filmmakers also represent different regions of India: Srinivas Bhakta (Kerela – South), Dhimant Viyas (Gujarat – West), Meren Imchen (Nagaland – East), Santosh D. Kale (Karnataka – South), Kavita Singh Kale (Himachal Pradesh – North), Nina Sabnani (Gujarat – West).

Images from top to bottom: Ambuja Magaji, Nancy E. Wyllie, image still by Kavita Singh, Kale.