Trauma, gender, belonging and identity are some of the issues explored in Chantal Akerman's films, “NOW,” 2015, and “In the Mirror," 2017, presented for the first time in Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Toronto.
Oi Futuro in Rio de Janeiro will present a solo exhibition of Chantal Akerman, titled "Tempo Expandido/Expanded Time." The exhibition will feature several of Akerman’s video installations, including “Maniac Summer,” “In the Mirror” and “Tombée de nuit sur Shanghaï (Nightfall in Shanghai).”
Chantal Akerman’s films From the East (1993), From the Other Side (2002), and South (1999) will be showing as a part of the series Icarus Films at 40 at Metrograph in New York City. (Films show on September 14, September 15, September 18, and September 24. See website for times and ticket information.)
The Museum of Modern Art will screen Chantal Akerman’s 1978 feature film, Les rendez-vous d’Anna (The Meetings of Anna), on the occasion of “To Save and Project: The 15th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation”, which runs from January 18th until February 1st, 2018. In Chantal Akerman’s fourth feature, a Belgian filmmaker (Aurore Clément) on a promotional tour through a featureless northern Europe fluctuates between intimacy and disengagement with a series of figures, including a one-night stand (Helmut Griem), a former lover (Jean-Pierre Cassel), and her distant mother (Lea Massari). Digitally restored by the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique. Courtesy of Janus Films.
Selected screenings: Monday, January 22, 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, January 25, 6:30 p.m. Introduced by Nicola Mazzanti, Director, Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique
The Jewish Museum will show NOW, Chantal Akerman’s immersive video installation from 2015, as part of its exhibition, Scenes from the Collection. NOW, which was designed for the Venice Biennale in 2015, was created so its audience would experience “fear, war, flight, imminent disaster through the entanglement of the soundtracks in space.”
Akerman’s installation unfolds on five suspended screens while two projections on the ground make it move and vibrate. The setup dislocates the space between art and cinema, and proposes a montage architecture that engages the visitor in nomadism typical of Akerman who sees in landscapes “… the idea that the earth we possess is always a sign of barbarism and bloodshed.”
Scenes from the Collection opens Jan. 21, with a private opening on Jan 17 from 6:30 - 8 pm.