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ALTIPLANO, Canada/Chile/Argentina, 35mm, colour, sound, 15:30 min., 2018
ALTIPLANO, Canada/Chile/Argentina, 35mm, colour, sound, 15:30 min., 2018

Malena Szlam and Bryan Barcena in Conversation

Throughout the month, MOCA’s SCREEN program for experimental film and video art will highlight the work of Malena Szlam. Malena Szlam is a Chilean-born, Montreal-based artist and filmmaker working at the intersection of cinema, performance, and installation. Her practice explores the relationship between ecology, human perception, and intuitive procedures. Szlam’s films engage the material and affective dimensions of analogue film processes, utilizing innumerable techniques to produce kinetic and lyrical approximations of the natural world.

On February 4th, MOCA will host a Q&A between filmmaker Malena Szlam and Bryan Barcena, Assistant Curator of Programs and Manager of Publications at 4pm PST.

Following the Q&A, MOCA will screen two films: Anagrams of Light (2011) and ALTIPLANO (2018).

To join, RSVP here.

Artist Bio:
Malena Szlam is a Chilean artist and filmmaker based in Montreal, Canada. Szlam’s work has been showcased at key festivals including Toronto International Film Festival’s Wavelengths, New Directors/New Films Festival, Media City Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, and CPH:DOX. Solo screenings have been presented at Los Angeles Filmforum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Cornell Cinema, and FICValdivia. Recent exhibitions include Time Machine: Cinematic Temporalities, Palazzo del Governatore (Parma, Italy), Expanded Plus: Utopian Phantom, Factory of Contemporary Arts Palbok (Jeonju, South Korea), and The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk, Denmark). Her latest work ALTIPLANO was, amongst others, the recipient of 25 FPS’s Grand Prix, Curtocircuito Festival Internacional de Cine’s Explora Award, and Melbourne International Film Festival’s Best Experimental Short Film. ALTIPLANO was also chosen by TIFF as one of Canada’s Top Ten Films of 2018.

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Virtual MOCA is presented by the MOCA Thrive Fund courtesy of Chara Schreyer.