Monitor 10

SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)

2014, 68:98 minutes, colour

TAPECODE 1053.09

"How can we, as cultural agents, with similar socio-political and aesthetic concerns create new forms of resistance? How can artists' moving image perform a political role within this crisis of democracy and civil society?"
- Shai Heredia, Curator

Foregrounding overwrought characters like seductive mothers, political villains, and campy sci fi/horror sets that seem to take on a life of their own,  the works in Monitor 10 engage with the politics of drama; linking the personal act to the political realm. From found footage to performance video, reality television to observational documentary, the videos engage various forms of melodrama to produce wry, entertaining and nuanced political commentaries.

Monitor 10 was curated by Shai Heredia and first shown on April 24, 2014 at Jackman Hall in Toronto, Ontario.


Shambhavi Kaul,
Mount Song, India/USA, 09:00, 2013
Bee Thiam,
Kopi Julia, Singapore, 07:00, 2012
The Youngrrr,
Another Colour TV, Indonesia, 08:37, 2013
Anahita Norouzi,
Tehran, The Apocalypse, Canada, 05:13, 2012
Priya Sen,
Noon Day Dispensary, India, 26:00, 2014
WALA + Kush,
We in a One Room Kitchen Field 0.75, India, 13:48, 2013

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: WALA + Kush,
We in a One Room Kitchen Field 0.75, India, 13:48, 2013.

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