Martine Syms, still from Laughing Gas,2016, HD Video. Images courtesy of the artist.

Screening: Martine Syms: The Unreliable Narrator

Saturday, November 19 2016, 7pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema
149 West Hastings St. 

The Unreliable Narrator is a screening of six of Martine Syms single-channel moving image works in the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema. The program will include: My Only Idol Is Reality (2007, 7:06), Lessons (2014 - 2016, 15:00), A Pilot For A Show About Nowhere (2015, 24:29), Memory Palace (2015, 2:06), Notes on Gesture (2015, 10:30) and She Mad: Laughing Gas (2016, 7:00).

Borrowed Lady presents an expanded installation of Syms' 2015 video Notes on Gesture. Taking a cue from writer Samuel R. Delany's reflections on how feminine characters are constructed through the compositing of ideal physiological and psychological features, Syms draws from her archives to speculate on the influences on her actor's gestures.

Syms is an artist based in Los Angeles. Her artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including recent presentations at New Museum, New York; The Studio Museum, Harlem; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Index, Stockholm; and Kunsthalle Bern. She has lectured at Yale University, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University and MoMA PS1. From 2007-11, she directed Golden Age, a project space focused on printed matter. She is the founder of Dominica, a publishing imprint dedicated to exploring blackness in visual culture.

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