May 7, 2009 - May 9, 2009 17:30

Casa della Creatività di Firenze | IT

video/film programme
produced by New Museum New York
curated by Elise Youn and Carlos Motta
presented in collaboration with Casa della Creatività


Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists’ Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule is a two-day screening of recent film and video works that employ conceptual documentary filmmaking strategies to question and critique policies of oppression, discrimination, and violence. Programmed by artist Carlos Motta, the screening includes work by Dario Azzellini and Oliver Ressler, Petra Bauer, François Bucher, Jim Finn, Ashley Hunt, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Lin + Lam, John Menick, Jenny Perlin, and Dmitry Vilensky. The marathon also includes Charged in the Name of Terror, a short program by Paul Chan featuring works by Mary Billyou and Annelisse Fifi, Paul Chan, Jim Fetterley and Angie Waller, and Susan Youssef.
The film and video works of Unmasked bring attention to the role of the artist as a political agent contesting hegemonic state structures; interrogating strategies of class, gender, and racial segregation; and exposing discrimination against minorities in globalized urban centers. The works also engage documentary filmmaking as a form, challenging the distinction between reality and fiction to unearth hidden and repressed histories, examine the use and manipulation of ideologies, and propose alternative tactics for collective action.

May 7
Presentazione a cura di Carlos Motta e Luigi Coppola
Ashley Hunt, Corrections (58 min, 2001)
Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, 5 Factories-Worker Control in Venezuela (81 min, 2006)
François Bucher, White Balance (32 min, 2002)

May 8
Paul Chan, Charged in the name of terror (59 min, 2006-2007)
Paul Chan, Untitled Video on Lynne Stewart and Her Conviction, The Law and Poetry/ (18 min, 2006)
Jim Fetterley e Angie Waller, Steve Kurtz Waiting (16 min, 2006)
Susan Youssef, For the Least (7 min, 2007)
Mary Billyou e Annelisse Fifi, Mohamed Yousry: A Life Stands Still (20 min, 2006)
Tellervo Kalleinen e Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, The Making of Utopia (60 min, 2006)
Dmitry Vilensky, Protest Match (27 min, 2006)
John Menick, Occupation (21 min, 2006)

May 9
Petra Bauer, Rana (55 min, 2007)
Lin + Lam, Unidentified Vietnam No. 18 (30 min, 2007)
Jenny Perlin, iew from Elsewhere (22 min, 2002)
Jim Finn, La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo (60 min, 2007)


Carlos Motta (b. Bogotá, Colombia, 1978) is an artist based in New York. His experimental documentary project, The Good Life, investigates the regional history, perception, and effects of U.S. interventionist policies in Latin America, and is currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia.
Elise Youn is the Hub Fellow at the New Museum. Unmasked: A Marathon of Artists’ Videos and Films Contesting Systems of Rule is part of a series of informal events organized by Youn for the Museum as Hub inaugural presentation.










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