[Speaking in Foreign Language] brings together several of Squeaky Wheel’s Fall/Winter 2023 activities–screenings, presentations, and a solo exhibition–within a curatorial framework on how voice and language function across borders and power.
The series was developed through an engagement with, and brings together, the work of several former Squeaky Wheel Workspace residents–including Emily Watlington, Jordan Lord, Johann Diedrick, Olivia Ong Evans, and Saif Alsaegh–within a larger media arts context, including feature films by Sharlene Bamboat and Trinh T. Minh-ha, and short films by Alex Dolores Salerno, Astria Suparak, champoy, JJJJJerome Ellis, Nadia Shihab, and Sky Hopinka. Additional events TBA.
Screening | Tuesday, October 17, 7 pm ET, in-person and online
A still from Identity Karma by Olivia Ong Evans. A bright blue and turquoise video still. There are multilayered legal documents and forms that are abstracted and blurry, with only some words visible. The legible text includes “Declares her wish to change her name,” “Name,” and “Surname.”
A still from Impediment is Information by JJJJJerome Ellis. A video still shows conifers in a snowy Wyoming landscape. A saxophone rests in a stand in the snow. The words “they try to fell black being” appear in white text overlaid on the video. The sky is blue.
A still from the film The Voice of Democracy shows a dim living room, in which a tv hangs on the wall. The tv displays two older white people, the filmmaker’s parents, sitting with a gold lamp in between them. The filmmaker’s father looks angry and their mother looks concerned. The tv image is paused on a Youtube window, which reads: “Mom and Dad interview selects,” below which a series of other videos are recommended including “The Biggest Snubs of the Olivier Awards,” “Top 25 Roller Coasters,” and “Food & Wine Festival.” Reflected in a mirror below the television are the filmmaker’s parents sitting in the same set-up as their image on the television, with the same gold lamp between them. They are looking across the room at the filmmaker, a 30-something white person with a buzzcut and a beard, who looks back at them with their arms folded and legs crossed, with a serious and sympathetic look. Their father is pointing at the television, saying something. In the center of the image, between the mirror and the television, is a caption that reads, “Why?”
A still from Trinh T. Minh-ha’s Surname Viet Given Name Nam. A mostly dark image, with a barely lit woman with black hair looking to the left of the image.
A still from If From Every Tongue It Drips by Sharlene Bamboat. A person sits on a wooden rocking chair in a bright orange room sunshine spilling in. The person in the chair is half out of frame arms holding a piece of paper. Yellow caption on screen reads: “hence, matter is an infolding, an in-volution. hmmmmmmmmmmm”. Image and description courtesy of the artist.
Liza Sylvestre, Captioned-Channel Surfing (still), 2016. Courtesy of the artist. A movie still, close-up of a white man and woman wearing summer clothes in a rural setting looking excited in a phone booth. A caption reads “They are so young and excited and happy.”
Squeaky Wheel’s events are made possible with generous support by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, individual members, businesses, and supporters.
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