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Exhibition Detail
The Films of Alia Syed: A Screening and Conversation
Curated by: Elvis Mitchell
5905 Wilshire Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

September 29th, 2012 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Still from Priya , Alia SyedAlia Syed, Still from Priya ,
16mm film, 11:30 min.
© Photo courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, New York/New Delhi
Mon-Tue,Thu 12-8; Fri 12-9; Sat-Sun 11-8
film, screening, Talk
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations

In conjunction with the exhibition Eating Grass, LACMA celebrates artist Alia Syed’s West Coast debut with a special screening of selected works in their original 16mm format. Syed will show four of her short films including Priya (2008–2011), a meditation on history and decay created from footage that was buried in a compost pile and exposed to the elements of nature and time. A Story Told (2006–2008), a woman’s tale of a doomed love affair originally made as an installation piece, which combines 16mm film, DVD projection, and monitors in a multichannel piece, will be restaged in a cinema setting. Also featured are two of Syed’s earlier black and white works Watershed (1994), a film about the pain of speaking, and Swan (1989), an abstract piece that captures the silent power of this graceful animal preparing to take flight. Between screenings, Syed will discuss her work with LACMA film curator Elvis Mitchell.

Sponsored by Zanbeel Art Foundation of Los Angeles and the LACMA Southern Asian Art Council

Image: Alia Syed (Wales, b. 1964), Still from Priya, 16mm film, 11:30min, Photo courtesy of the artist and Talwar Gallery, New York/New Delhi.

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