[image: CAPE MONGO - CELL, Francois Knoetze]
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 7.30pm - PWYC [$5-10 suggested]**
YYZ Artists' Outlet [401 Richmond Street W, #140, Toronto]
Presented by re:assemblage collective with support from YYZ Artists' Outlet.
With works by: Pham Ngoc Lan [Vietnam], David Darmadi [Indonesia] and Francois Knoetze [South Africa].
Skype Conversation with artists after the screening!
*note, all works are presented with English subtitles
More about the works:
ANOTHER CITY, Pham Ngoc Lan, [25 mins, 2016, Vietnam]
When the urban landscape shapes the human relations: a mature woman, a bride and a group of young people seek proximity in the anonymity of the big city:
A drenched middle-aged woman taking off her wig, gazing out of the glass windows, a young man bursting into tears in a karaoke room surrounded by tropical landscape wallpaper, a young woman trying to wipe a smear off of the wedding dress she's wearing.
Each predicament is woven seamlessly together by a familiar Asian refrain...
Khi cảnh quan đô thị định hình các mối quan hệ của con người: một phụ nữ trưởng thành, một cô dâu và một nhóm người trẻ tuổi tìm kiếm sự gần gũi trong sự vô danh ở các thành phố lớn.
Một bà goá người sũng nước, cởi bỏ bộ tóc giả màu nâu ngà rồi ngồi rầu rĩ nhìn vượt ra phía ngoài những cửa kính lớn.
Một thanh niên trẻ đột nhiên bật khóc giữa căn phòng màu mè và lấp loá đèn màu.
Một thiếu nữ bần thần chùi bỏ vết nôn trên cái váy cưới mà mình đang mặc.
Tất cả được xâu chuỗi lại bằng những thanh điệu châu Á quen thuộc…
[description: Pham Ngoc Lan - http://phamngoclan.com/]
JOURNEY OF JAVA MINOR, David Darmadi, [31.05 mins, 2014, Indonesia]
JOURNEY OF JAVA MINOR tells a story about a slanted-eyed 25-year old guy met a stranger, a 38-year old lady. They met in a bus going from Medan-Padang-Palembang. They both were heading to different destinations; the slanted-eyed guy was heading to Padang, while the young lady was up to Palembang.
Sharing some common situations made them having a good time sharing each other's story. During the trip, the slanted-eyed guy asked lots of things to the lady, who then shared her family issue full of domestic violence she had been through.
[description: David Darmadi - https://daviddarmadi.wordpress.com/]
CAPE MONGO - CELL, Francois Knoetze, [5.22mins, 2016, South Africa]
Mongo n. slang. object thrown away and then recovered
CAPE MONGO follows the stories of six characters as they journey through the city of Cape Town. Each Mongo character is made from the city's discarded waste - mythical 'trash creatures' which have emerged from the growing dumps of consumer culture. In six short films, the creatures revisit the spaces of their imagined pasts - the locations associated with their material existence and the constitution of their social relations - as if walking against the consumer-driven currents of city. From postmodern shopping malls to the bustling streets of the Bo Kaap to leafy suburbia and desolate shipping-container yards, these characters' journeys conjure up imagery that touches on some of the historical trajectories that have lead up to the endemic inequality and social alienation which characterises present day Cape Town.
Artist Francois Knoetze has constructed six wearable sculptures entirely out of waste. Rather than merely disposable items which are purged from our lives as soon as the garbage truck disappears around the bend or which lie dormant in an ever-widening layer in the crust of the earth for future archaeologists to marvel at; Cape Mongo imagines trash objects - specifically, the packaging of domestic consumables and the electronic devices used to record every-day life - as mnemonic vestiges of the activities that shaped them. Performing all over the city of Cape Town for a period of two years, Cape Mongo is the documentation of these performances but also pulls together found footage relating to various issues around housing, food security, inequality and racial segregation.
[description: Francois Knoetze - https://francoisknoetze.carbonmade.com/]
A site of contemporary cultural conversation, YYZ Artists' Outlet exists to give artists space and support to take risks and create freely. [www.yyzartistsoutlet.org
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