Video Fever 2019
A screening of new work by Hiba Ali, Maia (Meech) Boakye, Janel Bucknor, Holly Chang, Sepideh Tajalizadeh Dashti, Yuan Fang, Isabelle Fellini, Kate Hawley, Atefeh Khademolreza, Miles Rufelds, Zihan Yi
Video Fever 2019
24 January 2019, 7-9PM
Artists in attendance, Q+A to follow the screening.
Video Fever is Trinity Square’s annual showcase of cutting-edge video works produced by student artists. Selected by a jury composed of Trinity Square Video's Programming Committee and guest juror Letticia Cosbert, this showcase provides a glimpse of what is on the horizon of video-based practices in contemporary art.
As part of Video Fever, Trinity Square hosts the Bachelors’ Commission, a summer-long production residency awarded to selected submitting artists to access our facilities, equipment and expertise for the creation of new works. We will be announcing this year’s recipients at the screening.
Hiba Ali is a new media artist, writer, curator and musician from Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Her performances and videos concern music, labor and power. She conducts reading groups addressing digital media and workshops with open-source digital applications. She is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at Queens University, Kingston, Canada.
Maia (Meech) Boakye is a multi-disciplinary artist studying architecture and visual art at the University of Toronto. With a background in digital illustration and design, their practice is centered around representations of the body through contemporary technology and its influences on reproduction and mediated forms of communication.
Janel Bucknor is a second-year Integrated Media and Expanded Animation student at OCAD University. She is interested in the subject of Afro Hair, and decided to focus on this topic after observing a lack of dolls with afro textured hair in toy stores.
Holly Chang is a 22 year old Toronto based artist working primarily in the mediums of photography and film. Holly seeks to blur the lines between film and photography taking inspiration from films such as La Jetée and artists such as Alexis Hunter.
Sepideh Dashti is a MFA student at Western University in London, Ontario. Her artistic practice is connected to and inseparable from her cultural identity. She has found her voice allowing her to communicate how it feels to be a female diasporic woman from Iran living in and responding to western culture. In her quest to assert her individual expression and has artistic agency, she turns the lens on family, belief structures, and women’s place in society both Iran and Canada. Using video, photography, and performance, her artwork is one of the disclosure, she draws from her personal experiences to question social expectations, and self that impact the process of identity formation.
Yuan Fang was born in Yantai, China. She lived in that seaside city for 17 years and came to Toronto in 2013. She likes constructing stories with video and focuses on the idea of family. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree majors in Architecture Design and Visual Studies from University of Toronto and now she peruses her graduate study at University of Toronto.
Isabelle Fellini is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Toronto. They create work that explores and exists at the crossroads of language and image. They are currently pursuing a degree in Visual Critical Studies at OCAD University.
Kate Hawley is a 2nd year animation student at OCAD University originating from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kate primarily works in digital 2d character animation and pixel art animation and enjoys blending surreal or horror with cute and goofy elements. More of her artwork can be found at instagram.com/katecollects.
Atefeh Khademolreza, born in Iran, is a graduate of the University of SOOREH, with a BA Degree in Cinema Directing. Atefeh arrived in Toronto one year ago (2017) to attend York University to pursue an MFA in film production. The subjects of her works are concerned with migrating populations, the experience of disorientation both culturally and politically expressed through poetic and experimental productions.
Miles Rufelds is a multidisciplinary artist and writer based in Toronto. He has a BFA from the University of Ottawa, and is presently completing his Master of Visual Studies at the University of Toronto. Working across a variety of media, Rufelds weaves historical research with fictional and speculative narratives, probing the technocratic systems connecting industry, science, ecology, and aesthetics. Rufelds has participated in exhibitions, screenings, performances, lectures, and publications both nationally and internationally.
Zihan Yi is a third year student from University of Toronto St.George Campus, specialized in History of Art. With strong interest in artistic creatives and a passion for new media she utilized the video format to express her own perspective through unconventional method of storytelling.
This year’s jury members included Letticia Cosbert, Karina Iskandarsjah, Naomi Dodds, Ella Tetrault, Beau Gomez, Sahar Te and Emily Fitzpatrick.
+ image credit: Zihan Yi, Planet 101 (2018)