FLAX’s "Looking for the Perfect Landscape” Screens at Echo Park Film Center on Nov. 5 at 5pm
Free and open to all, FLAX (France Los Angeles Exchange) debuts fall arts activation, "Looking for the Perfect Landscape," a compelling 30-minute video project by their Artist-in-Residence Etienne de France, which will premiere at the Echo Park Film Center (1200 N Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90026) on November 5 at 5pm followed by a Q&A with the artist and FLAX curator. Tying into FLAX’s larger mission to promote cross-cultural understanding between France and SoCal through the arts, the captivating video piece explores the relationship between landscape and the people who live there. Under the direction of visionary French curator Anna Milone, multidisciplinary artist Etienne arrived in Los Angeles this May to begin his residency and, as part of the preparation, undertook several scouting trips to the Mojave Desert where he was invited by the Colorado Indian River Tribe to discover the land and explore their vibrant culture and traditions. The resulting video piece ignites a powerful dialogue, examining the topic of land use and representation through a fictional situation involving a real character, Jamahke, a young Native American (Mohave). Along his incredible journey, he meets tribal members and crosses sacred lands, transformed by railroads, roads, highways, which remain threatened today by ongoing urban and energy development. Etienne’s work was also made in consultation with the famed Autry Museum of the American West, which provided him with invaluable research. Tickets are free, but advance reservations are required at https://flaxfoundation.org/initiative/etienne-de-france-looking-for-the-perfect-landscape/
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