International Pastimes: Ricardo Valentim & Tirdad Zolghadr
A project by Bosko Blagojevic and S.C. Squibb

3pm Sunday 18 MAY 2008
347 W. 36th St (betw. 8 9th ave) New York NY

Running time is aprox. 50 minutes.
A conversation with the artists will take place after the screening.

The temptation to anthropology arrives by way of an ostensibly complicit silence. In the translations of moments, motions, forms and bodies into narratives of people and history, silence persists. The constitutive insufficiencies of this language are in this sense both catalyst and climax. Thus this transfer is not, as has been supposed, merely violent — rather it is specifically destructive, a targeted demolition of possibility in return for a progressively impoverished self-knowing. Having built the world in glass we can see forever, only.

Ricardo Valentim's The World Must be Upside Down is a three-part film program that sets a lobotomized anthropology loose on a normalizing, amnesiac culture. Comprised of two films authored by the artist that function like raw documentary film footage, and a third found film, the program sets in motion certain frictions between a displaced strategy of representation and its subjects. The project presents: "O Outro Lado do Uso", 2005, "The Great American Soccer Explosion", 1982 (fIlm included in Film Festival, version 3, 2007) and "Floating Island", 2005.

Tirdad Zolghadr's Tropical Modernism is a short video about the fate of the Iranian Left in the wake of the 1979 revolution. Told by Dr. G Rahati, a member of the Iranian Leftist intelligentsia, the narrative is assembled solely from video footage shot by the subject himself. This method, championed by certain anthropological filmmakers working in Africa, is used by Zolghadr to elliptically trouble the nature of his own investigation.

Ricardo Valentim (born in 1978 in Loulé, Portugal, currently living and working in New York) received his undergraduate degree in anthropology at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, Lisbon, and his M.F.A. in visual art at the School of Visual Arts, New York. His exhibitions include Film Festival at e-flux at unitednationsplaza, New York (2006), Contrabando curated by Carolina Grau at Luísa Strina Gallery, São Paulo (2006) and Art Statements at ArtBasel38, Basel (2007). Valentim has recently started a new series of works comprised of lectures including Growth and Culture at Galeria Pedro Cera, Lisbon (2008) and is producing a new project for Manifesta7, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy.

Tirdad Zolghadr is a freelance writer and curator based in Berlin. He has curated events in a wide range of venues, writes regularly for frieze magazine and other publications, and is editor-at-large for Cabinet magazine. Zolghadr is also a founding member of the Shahrzad Art & Design collective, the co-director of several documentary films, and has published his first novel "Softcore" with Telegram Books London (now available in German and Italian). He is currently teaching at the Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College NY, and curating the long term project "Lapdogs of the Bourgeoisie" with Nav Haq.


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