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FIFA Expérimental à l'Outremont

FIFA Expérimental à l’Outremont

FIFA EXPERIMENTAL is an out-of-competition, by-invitation section of the festival. Emphasis is on works by artists offering singular perspectives on art and on creative processes, on the political impact of images, text and sound, and on the potential of art works to investigate what we identify as reality.

This selection explores the profound connections linking actions, thoughts and experiences, and the traces that we record of them. The seven works in this program underscore the mobility of these experiences in which the affective, sensory, personal and political realms are inextricably linked. A text written and read by Helga Davis and filmed by Anouk De Clercq examines Black/​White relations in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement; a moving video by John Greyson is dedicated to the memory of Egyptian filmmaker Shady Habash and his compatriot, lesbian activist Sarah Hegazi, both of whom were unjustly imprisoned; Nayla Dabaji melds reverie and wandering in a museum where personal and collective recollections combine; the social and mobilizing power of crowds is evoked in a performance piece by Gabriela Golder that also pays tribute to a seminal work by Argentinian Conceptual Art pioneer Víctor Grippo; the duo of Sonya Stefan and Stephanie Castonguay ponders awareness of the interconnection of all beings; Charlotte Clermonts film reveals a universe of light, heat, glimmerings, and dislocations; and Guillaume Vallée investigates the sensory memories of his adolescent years, resuscitating long-buried images and experiences.

How to put a thought, an emotion, an experience, a reality into motion? How to give voice to difference, film and record it and, more important, share it? These are the concerns of the artists in this program.

Nicole Gingras
Programmer, FIFA EXPERIMENTAL section

OK, Helga Davis, Anouk De Clercq, Belgium, United States, 2021, 5 min. English.
International Dawn Chorus Day, John Greyson, Canada, 2021, 15 min 14 s. No dialogue. English subtitles.
migrer le musée, Nayla Dabaji, Canada, 2021, 14 min 12 s. No dialogue. French subtitles.
Insurrectas, Gabriela Golder, Argentina, 2020, 3 min. No dialogue.
Sentient Beings, Sonya Stefan, Stephanie Castonguay, Canada, 2021, 5 min 36 s. No dialogue.
death by fantasies by mirrors, Charlotte Clermont, Canada, 2022, 13 min 2 s. No dialogue. French subtitles.
elles s’élèvent, ces forteresses éponges, Guillaume Vallée, Canada, 2022, 7 min 30 s. No dialogue. English subtitles.

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