Festival of Cinema NYC:
Monuments & Flowers - A Special Presentation by ArteEast

Festival of Cinema NYC proudly presents its 3rd annual, 10-day event taking place August 2nd to August 11th. Guests will enjoy over 120 films exhibited by state of the art projection and sound equipment in the comfort of the Regal UA Midway’s recliner seats in Forest Hills, Queens. For the full program, please visit: http://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/

This year the festival is partnering with several organizations including the Queens Library Forest Hills Branch will be hosting five days of special screenings, presentations and workshops, all free and open to the public. Here at the Queens Museum we are thrilled to host two days of film programming presented by non-profit organizations ArteEast and the Asian American Film Lab, on August 4th and August 10th respectively.

Please join us on Sunday August 4th, for Monuments & Flowers – A special presentation by ArteEast.

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Monuments & Flowers brings together a selection of seminal video work culled from the archives of ArteEast with the work of contemporary voices.
ArteArchive* collection works by Yto Barrada, Maha Maamoun and Basim Magdy, and presenting Lara Baladi and Malak Helmy
Curated by Regine Basha

Monuments & Flowers draws from the particularly accelerated ebb and flow of destruction and construction, death and regeneration — of cities, of ideologies, of nationalities, of quotidian life and ecosystems —  that the region termed the ‘Middle East’ is continually undergoing. The artists selected here internalize this state of constant flux, employing both fictional and diaristic narratives while collapsing the hyper-real with the surreal.  Scenes from daily life become infused with a subconscious overlay of desire, fear, alienation or utopian longings. Through highly evocative mixed use of time-based media; ranging from found super 8mm, to stained celluloid, to CGI, many of the works lean towards a retro-futurist lens that is highly attentive to the minutiae and habits of locale, yet slippery in its chronology.

*Monuments & Flowers is presented as part of the ArteEast legacy program Unpacking the ArteArchive,  preserving and presenting over 15 years of film and video programming by ArteEast.

MONUMENTS & FLOWERS PROGRAM

Yto Barrada (Morocco)
Hand-Me-Downs, 2011
16mm and 8mm film transferred to video, color, sound; 15’

Malak Helmy (Egypt)
Keyword Searches for Dust, 2009
Single-channel digital film, 5’ 39”

Lara Baladi (Egypt/Lebanon) 
Don’t Touch Me Tomatoes & Chachacha, 2013
Video and 7.1 surround sound installation, 370X120 inches, 180 degrees projection. 8’48”
Production Image Urubu Films. Commissioned by Dior.

Basim Magdy (Egypt)
The Color of the Sky Radiates Forgetfulness, 2014
Super 16mm film transferred to HD video, 11’ 09”

Maha Maamoun (Egypt)
Most Fabulous Place, 2008
Single-channel video, 1’
Domestic Tourism II, 2009
Single-channel video, 62’

 

This program was made possible with partial support to ArteEast from The New York Community Trust, and for ArteEast’s ArteArchive project by The New York State Council on the Arts

Image credit: Still from Maha Maamoun’s Domestic Tourism II, 2009.

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