Postcards from True North

Free Admission
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 @ 22:30
Muziekgebouw BAM Zaal

How do you define a country through video art? A preposterous notion if there ever was one, particularly Canada, the world's second largest country by land mass. This collection of videos provides five short encounters with Canada through moving images. The diverse works in this program represent a cross-section of places and ideas oft associated with this country. Composed of found footage sources, Aleesa Cohene's All Right explores xenophobia and multiculturalism in Canadian immigration policies. Brother Tongue / Langue Fraternelle tells the story of twin brothers in a womb, the stronger of which envelops the weaker, a metaphor for the filmmaker's status as an Anglophone in Canada and the broader implications of the English language as the "stronger brother." As a counterpoint, Nikamowin (Song) focuses on the language in Canada which precedes both English and French. In it Kevin Lee Burton speaks and remixes the Cree language narration to reflect on the power of his lost language. Drawing upon literary figures such as Margaret Atwood and Robert Service, Andrea Cooper's Strange Things explores a personification of the idea of north. Mike Rollo's Ghosts and Gravel Roads shifts the focus to Saskatchewan to create a portrait of the emptiness and absence in small forgotten towns of Canada's prairies.

Curated and introduced by Pablo de Ocampo, Artistic Director, The Images Festival

Aleesa CoheneAll Right (2003, video, 7 min)
Daniel CockburnBrother Tongue / Langue Fraternelle (2006, video, 16 min)
Kevin Lee BurtonNikamowin (Song) (2007, video, 11 min)
Andrea CooperStrange Things (2006, video, 16 min)
Mike RolloGhosts and Gravel Roads (2008, video, 16 min)


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Kevin Lee Burton is a director, film festival programmer, offline editor and freelance camera operator who is Swampy Cree from God's Lake Narrows, Manitoba. Kevin was awarded Best Experimental Video and Best Indigenous Language Production for his experimental film NIKAMOWIN (SONG) at the 2007 ImagineNATIVE Film Festival.

Daniel Cockburn combines a penchant for narrative film with an experimental video practice to create works balancing on the edge between formalism and storytelling. He received his B.F.A. in Film & Video Production from York University in 1999 and has since made films and/or videos commissioned by LIFT, Trinity Square Video, Charles Street Video, and Vtape.

Aleesa Cohene is a video artist who works with found media to build an emotional language through which to explore contemporary political paradigms. Her videos have shown in festivals and galleries internationally including screenings at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and the Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

Andrea Cooper is a media artist with a Masters in Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. Her work investigates the creation of female identity in relation to geographic marginalization and culture. She has exhibited in galleries in St. John's, Halifax, Montreal, Mississauga, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and New York.

Mike Rollo was born and raised in Saskatchewan, and is currently living in Montreal where he is a founding member of Double Negative Collective. In 1999, Mike received his BFA in Film Production from the University of Regina and in 2004 he received his MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University.