“Where are you from?”
“Right, but where are you really from?”
Hyphen is a programme featuring short films and video works from artists and filmmakers who voluntarily or involuntarily moved outside their country of origin. Presented as part of the London launch of the latest issue (Issue 4: In & Out) of NANG, a magazine on Asian cinema, this programme hopes to counter the narrative of hostile simplification that has embroiled the topic of migration in recent years by celebrating the diversity of voices and experiences that the hyphen brings. A panel discussion with artists and contributors will follow.
Mouth to Mouth | Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | 1975 | 8’ | Digital
Tell me the story Of all these things | Rehana Zaman | 2017 | 23’ | Digital
Airliner | Hiraki Sawa | 2003 | 3’ | Digital
Sugiharti Halim | Ariani Darmawan | 2008 | 10’ | Digital
Destination Nowhere | Prapat Jiwarangsan | 2018 | 7’ | Digital
Latifah and Himli’s Nomadic Uncle | Alnoor Dewshi | 1992 | 15’ | 16mm
(Total: 66 min)
Please note that Mouth to Mouth by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha was intended by the artist to be shown on a monitor.
Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Mouth to Mouth, 1975. Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York. Collection of the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Gift of the Theresa Hak Kyung Cha Memorial Foundation. Copyright: Regents of the University of California.
Co-curated by Maryam Tafakory & Julian Ross.
Julian Ross is a Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Research Fellow at University of Westminster. His curatorial projects have been presented at Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum and other venues. He is the co-editor of NANG issue 4.
Maryam Tafakory (b. Iran) is an artist-filmmaker and researcher working in London. Her videos draw on the notion of womanhood in a fractured narrative, exploring allegorical forms of visual and textual language, interweaving poetry, (self)-censorship and religion. Her work has screened and exhibited internationally including with IFFR, EIFF, Zurich Film Festival, the ICA, the BFI and Bloomberg New Contemporaries. She is the co-editor of NANG issue 4.
Shama Khanna is an independent curator and writer from London, who teaches at Kingston University and UAL. Khanna curates Flatness, a research and commissioning project engaging in ideas around the screen-based image and immaterial work and culture after the internet, and the Non-Linear artists’ moving image series searching out works which contain, “collaborative processes and erotic immersion in place of mounting egos, overpowering criticality and fantasy futures”.
Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn recently graduated from the PhD programme at Queen Mary, University of London. His PhD project explores the potential of forest in cinema as a space that reveals the post-anthropocentric perspective to the world. He also works as a film producer and an independent film curator. Graiwoot was recently awarded the British Academy’s Visiting Fellowship for his project ‘Southeast Asian Cinema and the Anthropocene’.
Rehana Zaman is based in London and works with moving image and performance to examine how social dynamics are produced and performed. Her work speaks to the entanglement of personal experience and social life, where intimacy is framed against the hostility of state legislation, surveillance and control. Zaman has received grants and awards from the British Council, Museo de Art Carillo Gil, Gasworks Internetional and Paul Hamlyn and was a LUX Associate Artist in 2012-2013.
Co-presented with NANG and CREAM (University of Westminster)
NANG is A 10-issue magazine dedicated to cinema in Asia. A limited edition collection of words and images on cinema, for knowledge, inspiration, and enjoyment.
The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) is one of the UKs leading centres for research in visual and media arts, design and music. It has home to projects such as: Africa Media Centre. Ambika P3 Ceramic Research Centre, and Documentary and Experimental Film Centre (DocWest).