Friday, July 23, 2021

Drifting with Summer tides

Drifting with the Summer Tides

23 July 2021 - 6 August 2021 — Online @

“Let’s swim to the moon
Let’s climb through the tide
Surrender to the waiting worlds
That lap against our side.”
― Jim Morrison

“A single poem, alone
can turn tides
scatter galaxies
and burst forth with rivers
from paradise.”
― Sanober Khan, A Thousand Flamingos

We’re thrilled to announce the final program of films for the 14th edition of Monitor: Drifting with the Summer Tides.
To kick things off we would like to share a note from our guest curator Rasha Salti:
Sometimes curating is like building a puzzle where you have individual pieces, but the complete picture is for you to guess or make up.
The generous invitation from SAVAC to curate this forthcoming fourteenth edition of Monitor has felt close to that. The work conditions that the pandemic has imposed have perhaps amplified the loneliness of the overall process but watching the impressive number of submissions has also been salutary; each film was an occasion for reverie, drift, to another world, to the artist or filmmaker’s subjective, personal, and finely crafted world.
From drift to drift, the puzzle took the form of a musical composition, with the resonances of each film amplifying, bouncing, or harmonizing as they were strung together.
The proposed program could be described in movements, instead borrowing allegories from tides and waves seemed more apt, in reference to how they imagine, narrate, represent and re-articulate our being in the world within a living environment with relationships to land, water (rivers and oceans), fauna and flora; our being as carriers of memory and of a counter-memory of resistance; our being as carriers of ideology and of struggle.
The proposed program articulates along four tides: billowing tide, wave crest, breaker tide and ebbing wave.

Billowing Tide
Water Has Memory, Meera Devidayal
Jordão, Gian Spina
Dialogue with the Unseen, Valerio Rocco Orlando

Wave Crest
Untitled Part 9: this time, Jayce Salloum
Nothing Ever Happens Here, Sponge Gourd Collective
A Line Was Drawn, Mairead McClean
Stealing Earth, Karan Shrestha

Breaker Tide
The Hole’s Journey, Ghita Skali Syrialism, Dalia Al-Kury

Ebbing Wave
Part II: Fatimah and Kulit, Pathompon Mont Tesprateep
We Have Always Known the Wind’s Direction, Inas Halabi
Shadow & Act, Taiki Sakpisit

MONITOR is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos that initiate dialogue around the shifting nature of politics, economies and landscapes across the Global South and its diasporas