A documentary about NYC’s Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center. The world's largest floating prison.
Located at Hunts Point in the Bronx, the boat houses up to 800 people at a time and is primarily used as a holding and processing center. The boat serves as a visual and physical metaphor for the state of its inhabitants' fate - undecided and precarious. Its location and the prohibitively complex process by which bail is paid in the city preys on the poorest and least able.
Faced with the familiar challenge of limited time and money, Fran and Gaby, a charming couple hailing from Mexico, work together to create a life that supports their activist efforts, but will their love be enough to sustain their ideals?
Minimalist composer, Phill Niblock and his art foundation - Experimental Intermedia, has run over 1000 shows in his loft space over the last 50 years. They’ve all started at 9:36 p.m.
A performance piece imagining the 2nd ave subway for hopeful New Yorkers. Volunteers read a book, listened to music, pulled-out their phones, or took-in the scenery as they stood closely together and shuffled along the long anticipated subway line.
Fish + Honey
The piece consists of two performers, one cups a hand full of honey, while the other holds raw fish. Over a period of several minutes the performers exchange these two items.
Cyprus is divided into the Republic of Cyprus on the south and The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus on the North. The North is essentially under embargo and has no trade with any other country other than Turkey. This has caused the North's economy to be significantly smaller than the E.U. member South and its development to be stumped. In 2013 the North was allowed to begin trading honey and fish. This is partly due to their ability to reach E.U. standards of trade, but mostly due to the South's refusal to recognize them as an entity. Growing up in the south of the island, victimization by Turkey played a big part in our education of the conflict and our islands history. But a truer picture of the matter is that both sides claim victimization. April 2013 marks the 10 year anniversary of the buffer zone being opened for people of both sides to cross and engage with one another. However significant this milestone was, trading fish and honey is the only real 'exchange' and step forward the we have made to live together. Even though the situation is peaceful, there is no outright political agenda from either side to unite the two sides. Propaganda and discrimination still run deep within both sides of green line. This performance, therefore, illustrates the absurdity of the political climate there and frustration felt by its people.
Breath focuses on the unnoticeable. By removing the content - the news itself, the staging of the reporter and their environment is highlighted. Utilizing jagged editing techniques the newscaster’s authoritative position is compromised and mocked.
Resolution, at its core, engages with the issue of fact or fiction, the real of fake. By listening to personal accounts of the situation in Cyprus, we witness a larger narrative take shape. Some accounts are more personal than others, some are poisoned by political agendas and some are generational social traumas. But with such a complex issue, of so many ‘facts’ and so many ‘fictions’, how do we sift through and move on? This is the biggest issue faced by our generation in Cyprus. By being placed within the home, Resolution engages external issues within internal places, and how much these external issues affect us.
Through a single recorded conversation with my Grandfather about Cypriot history, we see him bounce back and forth between denying Turkish inhabitancy on the island to admitting it. My Grandfather's historical accuracy is not the issue here but rather a deeper structure within the Greek Cypriot propaganda. By denying Turkish inhabitancy on the island they can therefore justify their ownership of the land and furthermore their hatred towards the Turkish community. He goes on to talk about his village and his personal experiences with Turks in his village. This is where he is most confronted with conflict, his personal experience makes their ‘othering’ impossible. However, their ‘othering’, in his eyes, was caused by yet another evil - the Brits. Once more bounces back and forth, since he worked for the British after their rule. These accounts are not rare in Cyprus, however my Grandfather's accounts are where social normalities, hating the Turks and blaming the English, and his personal experiences collide creating internal conflict that is not rare in cases of nationalism and racism.
The ribbon represents the green line that bisects the north of Cyprus from the south of the island. Across the island yellow ribbon is tied on trees as memorials for the missing or dead. The act of unravelling ribbon symbolizes a memorial to the fallen and missing, a gesture for letting go of the past.
A conversation I had with my giagia. Me: How did you learn to cut oranges like that? Giagia: My father used to cut them like this.