APT7 Cinema: Change: Paths Through 20 Years of Film
16 Dec 2012 – 14 Apr 2013
Gallery of Modern Art & Cinema A
In this major thematic program for the APT7 exhibition, the motif of 'change' is used to explore 20 years for filmmaking throughout the region, reaching from the Middle East across Asia to Australia and the Pacific. Featuring a wide range of video and filmmaking practices, genres and makers, the program includes more than 80 films by some of the world's most celebrated directors. The works featured consider social, political and aesthetic transformations broadly, as well as specifically in moving image culture.
'Change' highlights a contemplative mode of storytelling that sets individual experience within the context of broader social change. In particular, children and young adults are shown as a locus for change within cinematic narratives. Other subjects explored in the program include political and social upheaval, urban transformations and the shifts between rural and city life, labour, industry and the environment; shifting borders and the movements of people; and the intersection of faith, religion and conflict.
The intertwining of documentary and narrative elements is also a re-occurring strategy, highlighting the creation of new cinematic forms that exceed the traditional categories of documentary and fiction. The program acknowledges that the nature and characteristics of filmmaking have shifted during the last decade, a change galvanised by the rise in independent film and video using digital technologies, the democratisation of media through accessibility and portability, as well as artists and filmmakers working experimentally across art and cinema contexts.
QAGOMA acknowledges all the archives, filmmakers and distributors who have generously provided screening materials for this program. In particular, the support of the National Film and Sound Archive Australia and Chinese-Taipei Film Archive. Program curated by José Da Silva, Australian Cinémathèque.
List of Works
Ch'ing shaonien ne cha (Rebels of the Neon God) 1992 | Director: Tsai Ming-Liang
Samson and Delilah 2009 | Director: Warwick Thornton
Vihir (The Well) 2009 | Director: Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni
Bal (Honey) 2010 | Director: Semih Kaplanoglu
Boy 2010 | Director: Taika Waititi
Empire's Borders II – Western Enterprises, Inc. 2010 | Director: Chen Chieh-Jen
Svet-Ake (The Light Thief) 2010 | Director: Aktan Arym Kubat
The Green Wave 2010 | Director: Ali Samadi Ahadi
3.11 Sense of Home 2011 | Directors: Victor Erice, Naomi Kawase, Jia Zhang-Ke, Kaori Momoi, Apichatong Weerasethakul, Leslie Kee, Isaki Lacuesta, Bong Joon Ho, Zhao Ye, Toyoko Yamasaki, Pedro Gonzalez Rubio, Ariel Rotter, Naguib Razak, Wisut Ponnimit, So Yong Kim, Jonas Mekas, Catherine Cadou, Steven Sebring, Takushi Nishinaka, Shunji Dodo, Kazuhiro Soda