+1, a film and video screening for UN-SCR-1325

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Projection in Forest, 2008 Photograh 5x5 © Vanessa Albury
+1, a film and video screening for UN-SCR-1325
Curated by: Vanessa Albury

556 W 22nd St.
New York, NY 10011
April 11th, 2009 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Please note that the museum and bookstore are closed.
Office Jan Van Woensel
experiential-art, experimental, mixed-media, digital, video-art, performance, conceptual


The Chelsea Art Museum is pleased to present +1, a film and video screening accompanying the museum’s current group exhibition UN-SCR-1325. Vanessa Albury will present her 16mm film titled I Am What You Make Me, created for UN-SCR-1325, along with film and video works of artists who participated in her film. In the communal spirit of the film, the artists who participate in I Am What You Make Me each invite one guest artist, a plus one, to also screen a film or video.

To create I Am What You Make Me, Albury draws a continuous hand-drawn line on film, cuts it into 9 clips and sends the clips to 9 participants. These participants change the clips as he or she sees fit. Albury re-edits the transformed clips together to generate the final film. Created for the exhibition, the participants of I Am What You Make Me are important to Albury’s conception of the conversations instigated by UN-SCR-1325: ideas of community, trauma, the self and the other, embracing differences, image and perception.

The screening is presented on the last day of UN-SCR-1325, which brings works by eight Belgian artists together with works by eight American artists and is curated by Jan Van Woensel. Referencing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 concerning women and conflict resolution, the exhibition focuses on the position of women in global and local sociopolitical contexts. The artwork in the show critically addresses topics such as religion, sex, identity, trauma and war. UN-SCR-1325, adopted in 2000, is the first resolution passed by the Security Council that comprehensively addresses the impact of war and conflict on women and women's contributions to conflict prevention, as well as conflict resolution and sustainable peace efforts. The exhibition acknowledges the great importance and value of this resolution. Instead of being illustrations of a political declaration, the individual works examine critical moments of social and psychological defect and disruption. Rather than portraying women as victims, the artists of the exhibition present works that expose the resilient reactions of women to negligence, discrimination and intolerance.

Chelsea Art Museum                                                         

556 West 22nd Street (at 11th Avenue)                                   

New York, NY 10011                                           


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