No Way Forward No Way Back - Josephine Turalba

No Way Forward No Way Back @ MIT Lower Atrium E15, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA , 5 - 8 December 2017

No Way Forward No Way Back is a multi-channel video installation by the interdisciplinary artist and MIT Arts Culture and Technology Research Afiiliate and Future Heritage Lab Fellow Josephine Turalba that explores the human experience of physical and imagined crossings through spaces, using psychological and emotional complications and Martin Heidegger’s condition of “existential homelessness” as points of departure.  As critical comments on the current state of things—a world plagued with unprecedented environmental damage, globalised terror, crumbling economies, civil wars and acts of terrorism – the utterances in the piece become poignant. We may choose to look at or look away from their profound effects on ecosystems and human beings but there is no denying the waves of migration never witnessed before. In her conversation with Fulbright Scholar and MIT Open Documentary Lab Fellow Anandana Kapur, the artist will reflect on the textural layers and meanings that inform her artistic response to this reality. The talk will also feature dialogues on gender, media choices and art as catharsis.

Josephine Turalba is an interdisciplinary artist who incorporates intersecting layers of different media: performance, sculpture, video, sound, photography. Exploring issues of divide and convergence within a volatile geo-political world order, her works focus on visceral approaches to the politics of violence and dynamics of infliction, trauma. Turalba exhibited at the 2016 London Biennale, European Cultural Center in Venice (concurrent with 56th Venice Biennale); Hofburg Innsbruck, Austria; Arter Space, Istanbul; 12th Cairo Biennale, Egypt; Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Anandana Kapur is an award winning filmmaker and founder director CINEMAD India. Her practice combines pedagogy and film to encourage dialogue on gender, culture and mobility. Anandana teaches in university spaces as well as community outreach forums for UNDP, UNICEF and IGNCA. A former Shastri-Indo Canadion Fellow, she is currently working on an interactive documentary on the ‘invisible women’ of Delhi. Her latest documentary feature on women spies in India is titled Jasoosni.

This program is made possible with support from the MIT Program in Arts, Culture and Technology and Open Doc Lab of MIT in Cambridge, MA.

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