IMAGES FESTIVAL TO RUN FROM APRIL 20-27, 2017
TORONTO (March 23, 2017)- The 30th annual Images Festival takes place April 20-
27, 2017 across Toronto and will be attended by more than 25,000 people. Focusing
on local, national and international contemporary moving image culture, Images
Festival continues to present vanguard projects across cinematic, exhibition and live
platforms. The festival includes eight days of screenings, events, performance and
exhibitions, and will feature its International Artist Spotlight on Isaac Julien and
Canadian Artist Spotlight on Deirdre Logue.
Leading up to the festival’s weeklong run, Images will launch exhibitions opening in
artist-run centres and galleries across Toronto. The exhibition line-up will feature
new and recent works by Isaac Julien (in partnership with the Royal Ontario
Museum and OCAD University), a three gallery retrospective and book launch by
Deirdre Logue (A Space Gallery, Gallery 44, Tangled Art Gallery), Vancouver-based
Karilynn Ming Ho (Trinity Square Video), Toronto-based Aryen Hoekstra (YYZ
Artists’ Outlet) and many more.
Images Festival will be shining their International Artist Spotlight on London-based
Isaac Julien and a retrospective of his earliest works Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983)
And Territories (1984). As one of Britain’s top contemporary artists, Julien’s early
works were fiercely vocal against police brutality towards British Black bodies.
Julien’s first major solo exhibition in Toronto opens at the ROM on January 23 with a
free screening of Who Killed Colin Roach? On February 3.
A one night only performance by Paris-based Kapwani Kiwanga and co-presented
by The Power Plant, AFROGALACTICA: A brief history of the future features a live
reading with video projection, in which Kiwanga takes on the role of a fictional
anthropologist to speculate on the future, investigating Afrotuturism as a means to
examine the past from an African or African diasporic subjectivity.
This year’s Canadian Artist Spotlight is Toronto’s very own Deirdre Logue. A long
time avid supporter and advocate of the country’s media arts scene, Logue’s
longstanding commitment to the arts community will be honoured with three
gallery exhibitions featuring new and old works, as well as a series of accessible
media art works premiering at Tangles Art Gallery. A new monograph of essays on
Logue’s entire body of work will also launch, and is co-published by Oakville
Galleries in partnership with Gallery 44 and Images Festival.
A special evening of performance by the likes of Rita McKeough, Steve Reinke, Midi
Onodera, Eleanor King, and more will take the place of the usual Spotlight screening.
Launch details and a full line up to be announced March 2017. For more information
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Images Festival is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts,
Department of Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council,
Ontario Arts Council an Ontario Government Agency, Telefilm Canada, Ontario
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
Images Festival aims to create a progressive, inclusive and engaging international
platform for moving image culture. Established in 1987, Images is the largest
festival in North America showcasing contemporary moving image culture. From
the beginning, the organization championed alternatives to mainstream media, and
fought to open up dialogue around issues of race, culture, gender and sexuality in
the media and art. Images continues to prioritize emerging Canadian and
independent work that has been underrepresented.
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