Monitor 3

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

2007, 39:47 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1053.02

Monitor 3, SAVAC’S third annual screening of contemporary South Asian film and video offers a curated glimpse into the vase amount of work being created by South Asian artists internationally.

Monitor 3 deals with traumatic actions, testimony and mobility. What do these prevalent themes tell us about video practice within the South Asian diaspora?  Can video be a tool for empathy and healing in the aftershock of tragic events or physical assault? The representations of these themes and subject matter vary forcefully. They range from acts of assault, technically aggressive camera and editing styles, statements on prejudice and the past, to essayistic examinations of distressing events.”
- Claire Eckert, from
Gauging Trauma and Empathy: New Themes in South Asian Film and Video (2007)

Monitor 3 was curated by Claire Eckert and first shown March 22, 2007 at Innis Town Hall, Toronto, Ontario.

Ayesha Hameed,
Fire, Fences and Flight, Canada, 5:08, 2006
Tejal S. Ajji,
Ishnan, Canada, 7:00, 2006
Faisal Anwar,
Clifton to Saddar, Pakistan/Canada, 1:00, 2006
Smriti Mehra,
Dead Beat, India/Canada, 1:39, 2005
Vaidehi Chitre,
Outside the Saying of It, India/USA, 18:00, 2005
Naeem Mohaiemen,
Patriot Story, USA, 7:00, 2005

Monitor, SAVAC’s annual experimental film and video program showcases new and innovative work by artists from Canada and internationally. Monitor has carved out a unique place in Canada over the last decade. It has drawn participation from a growing community of international artists, curators and critics, initiating and extending dialogues around the shifting nature of South Asian politics, economies and landscape, through film and video.

Still credit: Tejal S. Ajji,
Ishnan, Canada, 7:00, 2006.

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