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Four Films on Memory and Place: Eileen Maxson, Terence Price, Monira Al Qadiri, Deborah Stratman

November 15, 2019 
Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston

Curated and organized by Max Fields and Andrew Hibbard

The Blaffer Art Museum and 2019 Houston Cinema Arts Festival present a one-night film program inspired by the exhibition Gareth Long: Kidnappers Foil on view through March 14, 2020. The screening features film and video works that explore relationships between mass media, image circulation, social memory, and place, honing in on Houston, Miami, and the Persian Gulf Region. Like the exhibition Kidnappers Foil, the screening program examines the mediation of local histories, following the ways in which non-professional subjects are mediatized and the cultural effects and repetitive nature of pop culture phenomena.

The screening program includes the following films:

Eileen Maxson, UNWRAPPING "REALITY BITES" ON VHS, 2015. 10 minutes 25 seconds
Terence Price II, Dancing in the Absence of Pain, 2018. 25 minutes
Monira Al Qadiri, The Craft, 2018. 16 minutes
Deborah Stratman, Energy Country, 2003. 14 minutes 30 seconds

This screening is co-presented by the 2019 Houston Cinema Arts Festival and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston exhibition Gareth Long: Kidnappers Foil on view November 16, 2019 – March 14, 2020.

About the artists

Eileen Maxson is an interdisciplinary artist working at the confluence of video, performance and installation. Her works humorously and critically lament the vanishing borders between imagination and consumer coercion; technology and true personality. Maxson reconstitutes cultural detritus into assemblages of memory, merchandise and persona. Maxson’s works have been seen at museums and microcinemas from Texas to Tel Aviv, including Anthology Film Archives, New York; Art in General, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City among many others.

Terence Price II is a photographer and filmmaker from Miami, Florida. Price’s street photography is a form of documentation, which seizes on the highs and the lows of family life and the surrounding community. He aims to “capture” moments that move him deeply and invites the viewer to share in this experience. Price most recently served as the Assistant Camera person for short film LIBERTY, which won best narrative short at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival.

Monira Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti visual artist born in Senegal and educated in Japan. In 2010, she received a Ph.D. in inter-media art from Tokyo University of the Arts. Her work explores unconventional gender identities, petro-cultures and their possible futures, as well as the legacies of corruption. In addition to participating in numerous group exhibitions and screenings around the globe, she has held solo exhibitions at the CIRCL Pavilion, Amsterdam; Sursock Museum, Beirut; Gasworks, London; Stroom Den Haag, the Hague; the Sultan Gallery, Kuwait; and Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan. She is based in Berlin.

Deborah Stratman is an artist and filmmaker interested in landscapes and systems. Much of her work points to the relationships between physical environments and human struggles for power and control that play out on the land. Recent projects have addressed freedom, expansionism, surveillance, sonic warfare, public speech, ghosts, sinkholes, levitation, propagation, orthoptera, raptors, comets, exodus and faith. She has exhibited and screened films internationally at venues including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hammer Museum Los Angeles; Mercer Union, Toronto; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Tabakalera, San Sebastian; Film Museum, Vienna; and festivals including Sundance, Viennale, Berlinale, CPH/DOX, Toronto, Oberhausen, True/False, and Rotterdam. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois / UIC.

Deborah Stratton, Energy Country (still), 2003. 14 minutes 30 seconds. Courtesy the artist and Video Bank Database, Chicago, IL.