Critical Writing Index

A Parade of Memorable Images

by Noah Cowan

EYE WEEKLY, Apr. 23, 1992, no. 98, p. 22

Critic Noah Cowan gives a cursory look at the programming for the Images 1992 video festival. Over a dozen programmers curate several series of work, all of which feature politically and intellectually stimulating work by local Toronto filmmakers and some work from abroad. The primary focus of the festival seems to surround gay/lesbian issues in the form of documentary and "confessional" video work. Several artists address notions of gender and relationships in many of the programs, but the most affecting and important work comes out of the Don't Fence Me In and Voices from the front programmes, and their specific focus on AIDS and its stereotype. Cowan highlights Voices from the front as one of the most valuable pieces in the festival, a feature length documentary on ACT-UP, a radical AIDS protest movement embodying the spirit of social change through civil disobedience.

ITEM 1992.062 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Did you do the Napkin Tops?!Lisa Doyle

A Dream of NamingPenelope Buitenhuis

My Body Is a MetaphorStacy Friederich

SplashThomas Allen Harris

Drawing The LineLorna Boschman

AnthemMarlon Riggs