Category Archives: Filmmaker

Declan Clarke

Declan Clarke, photo by Nikola Radić Lucati

Declan Clarke is an artist and filmmaker. He studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and the Chelsea College of Art and Design, London. In 2002/03 he was awarded the PS1MOMA International Residency Program by The Arts Council of Ireland.

 Recent solo exhibitions include I Wanted to Share My Lover’s Fate, Farbvision, Berlin; Declan Clarke: Recent Film Work, Torrence Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA; The Hopeless End of a Great Dream, Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, Belfast Exposed, Belfast, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris; Geist Trilogie, Tromsø Kunstforening, Norway, (all 2016). Wreckage in May, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, Dublin, 2015; Group Portrait with Explosives, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, 2014.

Recent group exhibitions include: Transmediale 2016, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Over You/You Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia; The Shock of Victory, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, HOME, Manchester; Un-Speak, CCA Lagos, Nigeria, 2015;  Invisible Violence, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, MOCA Belgrade, Serbia, Basque Museum of Contemporary Art, Vitoria, Spain 2014/5; Built With Love, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin, 2013; We Are Grammar, Pratt Manhattan, New York.

His films have recently been included in the FID-Marseille International Film Festival, in 2016 and 2013; Tromsø International Film Festival in 2014; Cinéphémère, Jardin Des Tuilieries, FIAC, Paris, 2013 and 2016. In 2016 he won the Jury Prize at the Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts.

The Most Cruel of All Goddesses, 2015, 16mm film, 60 minutes

The Hopeless End of A Great Dream, 2016, 16mm film, 65 minutes

Tacita Dean

TacitaDeanByJimRaketeTacita Dean was born in Canterbury, England in 1965. She has been the recipient of various awards including the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009, and the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006. In 2014 she became artist in residence at the Getty Research Institute. She is a founding member of savefilm.org and is vigorously campaigning to save the medium of film.

In 2015 Event for a Stage was shown at the 52nd Theatertreffen in Berlin and the BFI London Film Festival.

Tacita currently has an exhibition at Marian Goodman Gallery In New York City. Recent exhibitions include JG- Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah (2014), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles and Arcadia University Art Gallery, Pennsylvania (2013), Tacita Dean: The Measure of Things, Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro; Tacita Dean, De Mar en Mar, Botin Foundation, Santander, Spain; Tacita Dean: The Studio of Giorgio Morandi, Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna (all 2013); documenta (13), Kassel; Tacita Dean: Five Americans, New Museum, New York; Tacita Dean, Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, Florida (all 2012); The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London; Tacita Dean – The Line of Fate, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig – MUMOK, Vienna (both 2011); and The Friar’s Doodle, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia/Abadia de Santo Domingo de Silos, Spain (2010).

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TACITA DEAN Ocean Front Walk 2016 Gouache on found cloud postcard 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 in. / 9 x 14 cm (Inv.#17906), Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

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TACITA DEAN Yond’ same black cloud 2015 Spray chalk and white gouache on slate 48 x 48 x 3/8 in. / 121.9 x 121.9 x 0.9 cm (Inv.#17849), Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery

Edward Tyler Nahem

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photo: Wolfgang Wesener

Edward Tyler Nahem is a New York City based art dealer, theater and film producer.

His eponymous gallery is located on West 57th Street in New York City and specializes in Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary art. Originally founded more than thirty years ago, the gallery has developed an international reputation for exceptional monographic and thematic exhibitions.

The gallery’s profile has been further honed by its annual participation in prestigious international art fairs: Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Frieze Masters London, ARCO Madrid, Abu Dhabi Art, and beginning in 2015, Art Basel Hong Kong.

Edward Tyler Nahem Fine At was originally located in a townhouse on East 66th street in Manhattan and it was in this location that Nahem first became associated with presenting singular artworks by well known artists such as de Kooning, Lichtenstein, Mitchell, Picasso, Richter, and Ruscha, among many others. This reputation has only grown over the past three decades. The gallery has also presented a wide array of exhibitions of work by Contemporary artists and works with Erik Benson, iROZEALb, Andres Serrano, Jose Maria Sicilia, as well as others. According to Nahem “Our role as gallerists is that of stewards of the creative world. Through close client relationships, we are proud to have played an instrumental role in helping build important collections around the globe.”

Nahem is as passionate about his work in the art world as he is about his extra-curricular activities, which are many. For him this means constantly deepening his connection to African and African-American culture, music and social issues.

“From the first moment I heard the unique and beautiful music streaming from coming out of various countries in primarily West Africa, I have had an unquenchable love affair with the region. I have been listening to the music and following the career of Youssou NDour for well over 25 years,” Nahem says. In 2008, he produced the documentary Youssou NDour: I Bring What I Love which traced the Senegalese superstar’s musical career. Nahem has long supported the singer’s decades of activism in fighting malaria (through Malaria No More), speaking out on social issues, and promoting the culture of Africa. A new documentary, Incorruptible, to be released in 2015, chronicles the controversial and at times violent 2011 campaign for the Senagalese presidency with a score and title song by the pop star Akon, who himself has deep roots in Senegal.

Nahem was also a lead producer of Fela!, the Tony Award winning Broadway show and Royal National Theatre hit. After seeing an off-Broadway production of the musical about the Nigerian singer and activist Fela Kuti, Nahem actively worked to help bring the show to Broadway and London. Fela! ran for fourteen months on Broadway, receiving eleven Tony nominations and winning three Tony awards. A love affair with Fela’s irresistible music and courageous story for over thirty years lead to this extraordinary and life-changing experience. “For me Fela was to music what Picasso was to art. With his need to put his art out there at any cost –beatings and arrests included. He was an avatar.” Nahem was instrumental in bringing Fela! to Lagos, Nigeria in April 2011, to Kuti’s people, in an emotional and historic homecoming.

Nahem has strong relationships within both the African diaspora in New York, as well as within the African- American community. With close ties to artists, musicians and cultural figures, he is currently working on several national and international cultural projects. Among these is the afore-mentioned documentary as well as a film based on the New York Times best-selling book Monster by Walter Dean Myers.

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Courtesy of Fela! On Broadway, Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Kuti in Fela! On Broadway.

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Courtesy of Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, The Exhibition Joan Mitchell: At The Harbor and In The Grand Vallée at Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art

Shelly Silver

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Shelly Silver is a New York based artist working with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and–increasingly in recent years–the watcher and the watched. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA, and the London, the Singapore, New York, Moscow, and Berlin Film Festivals.

Silver has received fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation and Anonymous was a Woman. Her films have been broadcast by BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, and Atenor/Spain, among others, and she has been a fellow at the DAAD Artists Program in Berlin, the Japan/US Artist Program in Tokyo, Cité des Arts in Paris, and at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 

Silver is Associate Professor and Chair of the Visual Arts Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

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FROG SPIDER HAND HORSE HOUSE, video, 2016

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From the rough cut of the three-channel installation SV (working title)

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From the rough cut of the three-channel installation SV (working title)

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From the rough cut of the three-channel installation SV (working title)

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From the rough cut of the three-channel installation SV (working title)

Kathy Brew

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Kathy Brew portrait by Roberto Guerra

KATHY BREW is an award-winning independent video maker whose experience spans independent documentaries to experimental work and public television productions. 

Her most recent film, in collaboration with Roberto Guerra, DESIGN IS ONE: LELLA & MASSIMO VIGNELLI — a film on the acclaimed designers – is currently in theatrical release throughout the U.S. and Canada, as well as being featured internationally at festivals and other venues. 

She is also a curator and has sekathy brew going grayrved in some of the following positions: Curatorial Consultant for Tribeca Film Institute’s Reframe Collection; Curator for Lincoln Center’s NY Video Festival; Co-Director of the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival at the American Museum of Natural History; Curatorial Consultant for WNET’s independent series, Reel New York; Director of Thundergulch, LMCC; Project Director, Capp Street Project.

Her articles have been published in Documentary Magazine, The Independent, World Art, Civilization, among others. 

She is on the faculty in the MFA Computer Arts Department  and the MFA Art Practice Department  at the School of Visual Arts and in the Graduate Program at the School of Media Studies at the New School.

Mats Hjelm

MATS_HJELM_portraitMats Hjelm is a visual artist and a documentary filmmaker. With a 20-year long personal attachment to Detroit, beginning with studies at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, he has done several video installations inspired by the city’s political history.  Black Nation (2008) was his first feature documentary film about a Black nationalistic church in Detroit known as the Shrine of the Black Madonna, which premiered at the International Dubai Film Festival in 2008. In recent years, Hjelm has followed the work of the Shrine in West Africa, the subject for the upcoming feature Preston & the Black Madonna (2016). While filming in Liberia, the ebola epidemic broke out, and unable to remain in the country he left a camera with a social worker who sent back memory cards with video reports from the field. His most recent installation Who the Fool shows the fragility of a country in a crisis situation. Since 1993, he has had film installation and shows in Europe, the US, Russia, Canada and Japan. His work can be seen at www.matshjelm.se . Hjelm lives in Stockholm, Sweden and has three sons.

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No Money, No Love (The Ambassador Club at Ducor Palace Hotel) Infrared photography, 2014

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Exhibition view WHO THE FOOL, 2015. In the foreground: Liberian Time, double-sided widescreen projection with anamorphic lenses, 22 min, 2015 In the background: Where One is the Other Must Be, neon sign, 4 meters wide, 2014

Uta Kögelsberger

portraitUta Kögelsberger is based in London and lectures at the University of Newcastle and most of her work is developed in the United States.

She has previously been awarded the Stanley Picker Fellowship, the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowship, the EAA Award for Art in Architecture and the SPD silver medal for editorial photography.

Her photo essays have been published in Wired (USA, UK, Italy), Esquire (Spain), Quo Magazine (Mexico), GQ (South Africa) and selected for American Photography. Her work has been exhibited at the Architectural Association, London; CGP, London, the Barbican, London; Bluecoat, Liverpool; Spacex, Exeter; Laurence Miller Gallery, NYC and the Glassell Project Space MFAH, Houston amongst others.

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Liz Rosenfeld

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Liz Rosenfeld is a Berlin-based artist who works within the disciplines of live performance, film/ video in order to convey a sense of past and future histories. Rosenfeld is invested in concepts of how history can be queered and experienced through momentism and the ways in which it is lived and remembered. She explores how we identify ourselves with in/ out of communal and social poly- relational configurations. Rosenfeld is part of the Berlin film production collective NowMomentNow with filmmakers Imogen Heath and Sam Icklow, and one of the founding members of the food-performance group FOODGASM. She has collaborated with Swedish film director, Marit Östberg, and the Swedish electro- pop band, The Knife. She has completed her most recent work, ” The Surface Tension Series,” a film trilogy which employes anachronistic storytelling strategies in order to look at the rise and fall of the Wiemar Period, through the eyes of female artists who lived and worked during that period in Berlin.

Her work has been screened and performed internationally at venues including The Tate Modern, The Hayward Gallery, The C/O Gallery, The Kunst Haus Dresden, The Hammer Museum, The Hebbel am Ufer Theater, The Kitchen, The Victoria & Albert Museum and Rivington Place. She has been profiled in publications including Art Review and Camera Obscura. Watch the trailer for “The Surface Tension Series” here.  More work can be seen here.

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Frida & Anita, still by Christa Holka

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Die Neue Frau, still by Alexa Vachon

 

Chiemi Karasawa

ChiemiPhoto-ishChiemi Karasawa  is an award-winning documentary producer who has worked in film, television and commercial production for over 20 years alongside such notable directors as Spike Jonze, Jim Jarmusch, Larry Clark, Sam Mendes, Stephen Frears and Martin Scorsese. She began her career as a Script Supervisor in film and television, and then began her own company in 2007, Isotope Films (www.isotopefilms.com), which focuses on developing and producing non-fiction content.  Her award winning documentaries include:  Oscar Nominee, Emmy-Award winner “THE BETRAYAL: NERAKHOON” directed by Ellen Kuras, “BILLY THE KID” (SXSW, LAFF, Edinburgh, Melbourne Film Festival Winner 2007, HBO 2008),  “HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION” (Venice Film Festival 2010) directed by Sophie Huber, and most recently “ELAINE STRITCH:  SHOOT ME”, (2014 IFC/Sundance Selects) which marks her directorial debut.    Karasawa has been a speaker on Documentary Producing at NYU, The New School, and The Woodstock Film Festival, and has been on the jury selection committee for The Spirit Awards as well as the Tribeca Gucci Fund.  Karasawa graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication with a B.S. in Film and Broadcasting.

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