In conjunction with the exhibition Words and Places: Etel Adnan, the Wattis Institute, and the graduating class of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies at the California College of the Arts present a series of talks and film screenings that examine issues called up by Adnan’s practice, and expand its frame of reference.
Wednesday, May 15
A public screening of filmmaker Chris Marker's pivotal “essay film” Sans Soleil (1983, 103 mins), a complex meditation on individual and collective human memory, refracted through scenes filmed in Iceland, Japan, Paris, San Francisco and Guinea-Bissau, and a political and poetic approach that is Marker’s alone.
Words and Places: Etel Adnan is the first large-scale institutional exhibition of work by the Lebanese writer, poet, and painter Etel Adnan, spanning six decades of her artistic practice. Born in Beirut in 1925 to a Christian Greek mother and a Muslim Syrian father, Adnan has spent her life between places—Beirut, Paris, and the Bay Area—negotiating their different cultures and languages, as well as her distinctive position among them. This experience of displacement deeply informs her work, which similarly ranges between mediums and formats. Her work has recently been included in dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel, Germany, 2012) and the Serpentine Gallery Map Marathon (London, 2010).
For more information on the exhibition, and a complete calendar of public programs, please visit the Wattis website at [www.wattis.org].