A Celebration of Contemporary Short Film at Artists’ Film International

The Whitechapel Gallery is the setting of the Artists’ Film International: Spring 2015, a festival celebrating ground-breaking short cinema. Under the curatorship of Iwona Blazwick, this collection of film from artists around the globe explores the theme of conflict.

Russian born Anatoly Shuravlev’s Panic (2011) finds the artist firing at the blank walls of a white cube gallery in a violent demonstration against the black conformity of exhibition spaces. Also showing is Turkish artist Vahap Av?ar’s Road to Arguvan (2013) which follows a desolate highway destroyed by unknown forces that leave a major route to the East of the country completely useless, a cinematic interpretation of the profound political turmoil found in Turkey’s recent history. Also, Vietnamese Tran Luong’s Lâp Loè / Welts (2012) invites an audience to flick his body with a red scarf, an item drenched in political and historical contexts associated with Communism. Once again this festival is open to the public completely free of charge and runs till the 14 of July.

Also at the gallery this season is a major retrospective of the work of director, Jem Cohen. Cohen’s intense and stylised portraits of both people and places, not to mention his enduring collaborations with some of the most important names in music including Patti Smith, REM and Fugazi, mean he is widely revered as one of the most influential names in independent cinema. Admission starts from £6.50 and a selection of his work is available for viewing up until the 28 May, in association with the Barbican Centre in London.

Artists’ Film International: Spring 2015, 28 May – 14 July, Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX.

More information can be found at www.whitechapelgallery.org.

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1. Installation view of Tran Luong’s Lâp Loè / Welts. 2012.