Here is where we are

Here is where we are

With films by Gabriel Abrantes, Liesel Burisch, Stephanie Comilang, Nashashibi/Skaer, Pia Östlund, and Emily Wardill; and interviews and texts by Menna Agha, Mirene Arsanios​, Liesel Burisch, Ursula K. Le Guin, Raimundas Malašauskas, and Laure Prouvost

Convened by Laure Prouvost with the help of her cousins Fran Hawker and Dóra Benyó

Here is where we are highlights a variety of ways of representing the real across the realms of the living. How do we—humans. animals, plants—leave a mark? The contributors in this selection move across a spectrum of criticality and lightness, each finding a unique way of expressing their inner drive. We are together in this world and travelling along the road as it curves. We traverse geographic and geological borders as well as a (mountain) range of styles, sensations, and cultures. Hopefully you are here where we are!

Here is where we are is a program convened by Laure Prouvost as part of Artist Cinemas, a long-term, online series of film programs curated by artists for e-flux Video & Film. Here is where we are will run from October 24 through December 14, 2020, screening a new film each week accompanied by a text or an interview with the filmmaker(s) by Prouvost and invited guests.

A repeat of all six films featured in Here is where are will be available for 24 hours on the program's last day—on Monday, December 14, 2020 from 12:00am till 11:59pm EST.

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Artist Cinemas presents
Emily Wardill, I gave my love a cherry that had no stone | Week #6
Monday, December 7—Sunday, December 14, 2020 (EST)
Artist Cinemas presents
Stephanie Comilang, Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso | Week #5
Repeat screening Monday, December 14 (EST)
Artist Cinemas presents
Gabriel Abrantes, Birds | Week #4
Repeat screening Monday, December 14 (EST)
Artist Cinemas presents
Pia Östlund, Paradise Field (Flowers and) | Week #3
Repeat screening Monday, December 14 (EST)
Artist Cinemas presents
Nashashibi/Skaer, Lamb | Week #2
Repeat screening Monday, December 14 (EST)
Artist Cinemas presents
Liesel Burisch, Gorilla Milk | Week #1
Repeat screening Monday, December 14 (EST)
Contributors
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Menna Agha

is a Nubian architect and researcher. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor and a Design for Spatial Justice fellow at the University of Oregon. Agha holds a doctorate in Architecture, a master's degree in Design, and a bachelor's degree in Architecture Engineering. Her research interests include questions of gender, space, territory, and displacement.

Mirene Arsanios

Mirene Arsanios is the author of the short story collection The City Outside the Sentence (2015). She has contributed essays and short stories to VidaThe Brooklyn RailThe RumpusThe Animated Reader, and The Outpost, among others. Arsanios cofounded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual English/Arabic magazine for innovative writing. On Friday nights, you can find her at the Poetry Project in New York, where she coordinates the Friday Night reading series with Rachel Valinsky.

Liesel Burisch

is a video artist, writer, and birth worker based between Copenhagen and Berlin. Burisch’s films and video installations are based on generous collaborations, patient observations of reality, and staged performances. By bringing seemingly mundane rituals and intimate situations into focus. Burisch aims to address deeper, underlying social political challenges. Their work has been shown internationally in various institutional and non-commercial exhibitions.

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Stephanie Comilang

is an artist living and working between Toronto and Berlin. Her documentary-based works create narratives that look at how our understandings of mobility, capital, and labor on a global scale are shaped through various cultural and social factors. Her work has been shown at Transmediale Berlin, Ghost : 2561 Bangkok Video & Performance Triennale, S.A.L.T.S Basel, Tai Kwun Hong Kong, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Asia Art Archive in America, New York. She was awarded the 2019 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s most prestigious art prize for artists 40 years and younger.

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Ursula K. Le Guin

(1929-2018) was a celebrated and beloved author of twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve children’s books, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation. Her influence as a prioneer of feminist science fiction remains profound, and the breadth and imagination of her work earned her six Nebulas, nine Hugos, and SFWA’s Grand Master, along with the PEN/Malamud and many other awards.

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Raimundas Malašauskas

has co-written an opera libretto, co-produced a television show, served as an agent for dOCUMENTA (13), curated oO, the Lithuanian and Cyprus pavilions at the 55th Venice Biennale, and occurred under hypnosis multiple times. Currently he is working with V-A-C Foundation, Moscow. His book Paper Exhibition has been published by Sternberg Press.

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Laure Prouvost

Laure Prouvost was born in 1963 in Moulennbreak, Albania. She lives and works in an underwater mobilhome to research tunnel engineering, currently in the Channel. She practices making video, boobs, sounds and tea cups, objects and installation.

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Emily Wardill

(b. 1977) lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal and Malmö, Sweden. Wardill’s work has been and will be exhibited in solo shows including Secession (2020 upcoming); Kohta (2019); Bergen Kunsthall (2017); Gulbenkian Project Spaces (2017); INDEX, Stockholm (2014); National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2012); de Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam (2012); and Contemporary Art Museum St Louis (2011) among other venues. Her work was awarded the Jarman Award in 2010 and the Leverhulme Award in 2011. She participated in the 54th Venice Biennale (2011) and the 19th Sydney Bienalle (2014). Wardill currently works as a professor at Malmo Art Academy, Sweden and as a visiting tutor at Maumaus, Lisbon.

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Pia Östlund

is interested in plants and humans and their entangled histories. In a blend of the factual, the observed, and the imagined, she works with printing, drawing, textiles, and design often inspired by archival material, plant shapes, and color. She has revived a lost nineteenth-century printing process, known as nature printing, that creates curiously life-like images of plants on paper.

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