Legacies, CIRCUIT's 2022 programme of artist cinema commissions of works by Edith Amituanai, Martin Sagadin, Ukrit Sa-nguanhai, Pati Tyrell, and Sriwhana Spong, will be shown at international galleries and festivals, from Singapore to Oberhausen. The screening details are as follows:
ADM Gallery, Singapore (Installation, 3 April–5 May)
Stelo, Portland,USA (Screening, 21 April)
LUX, London (Screening/Talk, 26 April)
Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany (Screening, 28 April)
Storage Art Space, Bangkok (Installation, July/August)
The screening at LUX in London on 26 April will be accompanied by a conversation between May Ingawanij, Sriwhana Spong and CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams.*
Curated by CIRCUIT’s 2022/23 curator-at-large Dr May Adadol Ingawanij (Thai/UK), Legacies began with a series of prompts Ingawanij sent to the artists about the potential meaning and resonance of the term.
“Legacies are that which we carry, sometimes with pride and sometimes with shame, as the basis of social bonding, whether as things a people embodies with pride or as an enduring pain, a burden, some kind of ghost.
Legacies as: the pre-modern artistic, cultural, linguistic and religious heritages of the place and land that you were born into and raised in; through to the legacies of colonisation, and the spectres of nations and nationalisms; the legacies of the modern art/film histories; the narratives and ways of knowing that shaped you, and that bring an ambivalence and a desire to undo.”
– May Adadol Ingawanij
Each artist was invited by Ingwanij to make a short film which attempted to articulate the artist’s own personal response to the term. The result is a programme of five new artist works which features a portrait of a young Pasifika matriarch; a reflection on the cinematic history of Thailand; an artist sculpting clay in their studio; an animation based on a Balinese painting made by the artist’s grandfather; and a vivid interpretation of Samoan funeral chants and speeches.
*The screening and talk at LUX is supported by CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), University of Westminster