let’s all be lichen

let’s all be lichen

FlahertyNYC presents
let’s all be lichen

Admission starts at $5

October 18 and November 10, 2022
e-flux Screening Room
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

e-flux Screening Room is very pleased to host let’s all be lichen, a five-part series presented by FlahertyNYC and programmed by asinnajaq, and running from October 10 to November 10, 2022 in various venues around New York City and online.

let’s all be lichen is an Inukjuamiut’s response to 100 years of our namesake’s seminal film.* Featuring the works of largely circumpolar (Inuk, Sámi, Evenk and Sakha) filmmakers, the series weaves together works by artists who have harnessed their own power and distinct voice through the moving image. The series shimmers with personal histories, the spiritual anthropocene, questions of agency, memory, and urbanization, as well as a fierce and love-filled reclaiming of the arctic imaginary.

With works by Siku Allooloo, Zinnia Naqvi, Sunna Nousuniemi, Lindsay McIntyre, Chris Marker, Nivi Pedersen, Svetlana Romanova, Lada Suomenrinne, Zulaa Urchuud, asinnajaq, and her father, world-renowned filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk.

The opening night on October 10 as well as programs two and four (October 17 and November 7) will be hosted by Anthology Film Archives, and program three on October 18 as well the closing event on November 10 will be hosted by eflux Screening Room. Additional screenings will be hosted on campuses and online thanks to the Colgate/Flaherty Distinguished Global Filmmaker Residency program, NYU Cinema Studies Department Friday Night Screening Series & NYU Center for Media, Culture and History, and on The Flaherty’s custom-built platform virtual.theflaherty.org. For full details on the series and programs please see The Flaherty’s website here.

* This special FNYC Series is the result of multiple conversations in early spring 2022, during which FNYC invited asinnajaq to curate a response to the Nanook Centennial. let’s all be lichen is the first of a series of interwoven programming initiatives in 2022/2023 to address the complex legacy of Nanook of the North in both settler-colonial as well as indigenous narratives. These initiatives are designed and led by primarily Inuit artists, scholars, and curators.

About The Flaherty and FlahertyNYC
The Flaherty’s mission is to bring Socratic dialogue to the moving image, fostering collective inquiry, exchange, and introspection. Propelled by a desire to upend entrenched norms and unequal power dynamics, The Flaherty champions new models of nonfiction filmmaking, curating, and theorizing. The Flaherty cultivates an ever-expanding community of filmmakers, scholars, curators, and cinephiles around a shared belief in the transformative, world-building power of independent non-fiction cinema.
Since 2008, The Flaherty’s year-round programming has included FlahertyNYC (FNYC), an established film screening and discussion series held each spring and fall in New York City.  The series uses film to challenge the way we see the world and to foster critical dialogue about politics, art, and the moving image. FNYC is an opportunity for emerging curators to work with established mentors and engage with The Flaherty’s unique interactive programming model, exhibiting rarely seen films. The format seeks to break down traditional barriers between creators, scholars, critics, and the general public, fostering an expanded community around the creative process and facilitating in-depth discussions between some of the world’s finest filmmakers and diverse New York audiences.



Films by Svetlana Romanova and Chelsea Tuggle, and Chris Marker
November 10, 2022, 7pm

Slow Growth
Films by Sunna Nousuniemi and Nivi Pederson
October 18, 2022, 7pm

Film, Indigenous Issues & Indigeneity
Anthropocene, Memory

asinnajaq is from Inukjuak, Nunavik and lives in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal). Her work includes filmmaking, writing, and curating. She co-created Tilliraniit, a three-day festival celebrating Inuit art and artists. asinnajaq’s work has been exhibited at art galleries and film festivals around the world. asinnajaq wrote and directed Three Thousand (2017) a short sci-fi documentary. She co-curated Isuma’s presence in the Canadian Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale. She co-curated the inaugural exhibition INUA at the Qaumajuq. In 2020 asinnajaq received a Sobey Art Award.


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