10.11.2018 | 20H
la lumière collective
7080-506, rue Alexandra
En présence de la cinéaste.
7$ à la porte.
la lumière collective
la lumière collective presents a special program of short works + an experimental documentary feature (Liahona, 2013) by Talena Sanders, who will be screening her newest film, Between My Flesh and the World’s Fingers, at RIDM.
2018 | sound | col. | 16mm transferred to HD | 5min30
2015 | sound | col. | 16mm transferred to HD | 13min29
Experiments in 19th century acculturation of two groups living thousands of miles apart, but sharing the same name, depending on whom you talk to and what language you say it in. Parallel histories of invasion, assimilation, aspirations, and appropriations, from the first colonization to the mid-century modern and today. Prospectors, colonists, and tourists seeking future sites of luxury, resources, and romance.
« Talena Sanders’s Prospector is a collagelike essay about the effects of Western imperialism on northern India and on Native American communities in the southwestern U.S.; interwoven shots of untouched landscapes and tourist kitsch suggest an ongoing conflict between past and present…Prospector uses 16-millimeter film to evoke feelings of nostalgia, fragility, and irreparable loss. » – Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
2013 | sound | col/b&w | 16mm film transferred to HD | 69min30
�Liahona is an examination of how mysticism becomes mundane, the balance and the tension in Mormon life experience between the illogical and the pedestrian, the public face of Mormonism and gaps in accessibility. What is it about the Mormons that make them so distinctively different? Recorded on 16mm film, Liahona traverses Utah, Nauvoo and Carthage, Illinois and Independence, Missouri to piece together this portrait of a faith.
Talena Sanders makes moving image works that explore the development of individual and collective senses of identity in affinity groups. Her films and videos are informed by an interest in presenting the many ways that social institutions can shape individuals’ lives on both the broader geopolitical level and the most intimate, personal scales. A common starting point for developing new projects begins with an interest in interrogating narratives from histories and how historical records can influence senses of identity, especially as it relates to ideas of national and regional character.