Jewish Museum Set Summer Lineup for 'SIGHTS AND SOUNDS'
Following the November 2013 launch of Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video, the Jewish Museum continues the exhibition series with month-long presentations of recent film and video works from around the world. The summer 2014 lineup focuses on Angola (June 2014), China (July 2014), and Israel (August 2014). Over the course of two years, Sights and Sounds is exploring new works selected by twenty-five curators from different countries, introducing New York audiences to the latest developments in filmmaking within the art context worldwide. Each curator has chosen new film and video works from their respective regions - including Argentina, Vietnam, Nigeria, New Zealand, Egypt, and others. Their selections are screened for one month each in the Museum's newly refurbished media center, which has been transformed into a miniature cinema. The works in Sights and Sounds touch on themes significant to both Jewish culture and universal human experience, including spirituality, exile, language, conflict, family, humor, and history. The Sights and Sounds exhibition series will culminate in a 2016 conference and a publication with curatorial statements, essays, film stills and descriptions. A full list of participating curators follows below.
Angola, curated by Suzana Sousa - May 30 - June 26, 2014
Four video works demonstrate a desire to tell stories from Angola, a young country founded in 1975, while questioning and reinterpreting the country's history and culture. Binelde Hyrcan's Cambeck features a group of young boys engaging in mocking conversation using a form of local slang, Paulo Azevedo's slow-motion video features Kazukuta dancers, whose movements are historically linked to colonialism, Angel Ihosvanny Cisneros Felicidade's video Noise evokes Angola's capital Luanda featuring layered images of the artist's mural paintings and found images from the city streets, and Iris Buchholz Chocolate's work focuses on the Baobab tree, an Angolan symbol of knowledge and ancestral wisdom, through interpretive dance.
China, curated by Carol Yinghua Lu - June 27 - July 31, 2014
Recent video art from China has expanded the narrative potential of film to create work that is nuanced and subjective while investigating social and political conditions. In Ink Media, artist Chen Shaoxiong pieces together ink-and-brush paintings he has created based on photographs of protests staged around the world. Huang Ran's Blithe Tragedy is a cinematic and morally ambiguous film that features androgynous men in all roles, Li Ran stars as a soldier in his work spoofing Soviet-era cinema, and Hao Jingban's An Afternoon Ball explores vestiges of Chinese ballroom dancing culture.