e-flux presents Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory
Malena Szlam, Altiplano | Part Four – Reading the Earth
Sunday, September 27—Saturday, October 10, 2020

Malena Szlam, Altiplano (still), 2018.

Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Malena Szlam's Altiplano (2018), on view from Sunday, September 27 through Saturday, October 10, 2020.

Filmed in the Andean Mountains in the traditional lands of the Atacameño, Aymara, and Calchaquí-Diaguita in Northern Chile and Northwest Argentina, Altiplano takes place within a geological universe of ancestral salt flats, volcanic deserts, and colored lakes. Fusing earth with sky, day with night, heartbeat with mountain, and mineral with iridescent cloud, Altiplano reveals a vibrating landscape in which a bright blue sun threatens to eclipse a blood-red moon.

Altiplano is presented here as one of five films in Part Four | Reading the Earth: Vibrant Matter and Human Hubris, the fourth of six programs in the online film and discussion series Ecology After Nature: Industries, Communities, and Environmental Memory programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.

Ecology After Nature runs from August 14 through November 8, 2020. The films in Part Four will screen for two weeks, and subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Sunday. 

Malena Szlam is a visual artist and filmmaker working at the intersections of cinema, installation, and performance. Her practice is concerned with transforming time and space through the unique properties of analogue cinema. Szlam is interested in relationships between the natural world, human perception, and intuitive process. The resulting work is a "sensorial cinema” that exists between figuration and abstraction, artificial and natural phenomena, still and moving images. Her work has been exhibited at numerous venues worldwide, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Toronto, New York, Ann Arbor, and Hong Kong Film Festivals, 25 FPS Festival (Zagreb), Media City (Windsor), Images Festival (Toronto), Museo de Bellas Artes Chile, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery (Montréal), and YYZ Gallery (Toronto). Szlam is a member of Double Negative, a Montreal-based artists’ film collective where she co-curates an ongoing experimental film series.

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