lay claim to an island

Chris Kennedy

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Staff Picks lay claim to an island
Chris Kennedy

13 Minutes

Staff Picks

Staff Picks August 1–31, 2023

Texts from the 1969 American Indian Occupation of Alcatraz and letters from supporters propel an exploration of political yearning, emancipatory architecture, and failed utopias. What does it mean to claim land that has more value as a symbol than as a potential home? And how does that symbol function beyond the boundaries of its geographic limits?

lay claim to an island is presented on e-flux Film alongside 349 (for Sol LeWitt) (2011), Towards a Vanishing Point (2012), and The Initiation Well (2020) as the August 2023 edition of the monthly series Staff Picks featuring Chris Kennedy.

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Film, Indigenous Issues & Indigeneity, Resistance
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Chris Kennedy (b. Maryland) is an independent filmmaker, film programmer, and writer based in Toronto. He is the Executive Director of the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT). His short experimental films have screened at over one hundred film festivals worldwide and have been featured in solo shows at the Los Angeles Film Forum, Nam June Paik Art Center, the La Plata Semana del Film Experimental, the Pacific Film Archive, and Container, Brisbane. His film Watching the Detectives won the Ken Burns Award for the Best of the Festival at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in 2018. His work as an artist and programmer operates in dialogue with the history of film as art, exploring the medium’s materiality in a contemporary context.


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