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WHAT WE IMAGINE IN ITS ABSENCE

PART 2: CAROLINE KEY

Streaming May 20 – 23, 2021

 

In order to know something, must we be able to see it? If not, then how do we come to know what refuses visibility? What is imagined in what we cannot see?

This three-part program series explores these questions by engaging with the works of two artists and filmmakers Vika Kirchenbauer (Berlin) and Caroline Key (Brooklyn, NY). Within their respective practices, these artists meditate on conditions of alterity and constructions of otherness by exploring opacity as a mode of formal, conceptual, and aesthetic address.

 

The second program in the series highlights two works by Brooklyn-based filmmaker and artist, Caroline Key, including the Los Angeles virtual premiere of her new short film KHÔRA, and her experimental documentary feature GRACE PERIOD, co-directed by KyungMook Kim in 2015. As part of the artist’s ongoing interest in examining conditions and formations of alterity, these works are brought together in their various political and aesthetic expressions of refusal through a range of cinematic practices, including documentary non-fiction, experimental video, animation, and digital graphics. Within this space of refusal, issues of body sovereignty, gendered and sexualized labor, and economic precarity are brought to the fore as the artist negotiates what is both revealed and withheld within the frame.


Programmed by Leeroy K. Y. Kang

 

WORKS IN THE PROGRAM

(Download the full program notes to the right on this page.)

 

KHÔRA

Caroline Key, 2019, 7 mins.

*Los Angeles virtual premiere

 

GRACE PERIOD

Caroline Key and KyungMook Kim, 2015, 62 mins.

*Los Angeles virtual premiere

 

TRT: 69 mins.

 

Other programs in the series:

PART 1: Vika Kirchenbauer (May 13 - 16)

PART 3: Conversation with Vika Kirchenbauer and Caroline Key, moderated by series programmer Leeroy K. Y. Kang (May 27)

 

Caroline Key is a filmmaker and video installation artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Employing a range of cinematic practices- 16mm film, alchemical film processing, documentary, animation, and digital manipulation- her films and videos investigate the construction and negotiation of identities rooted in conditions of alterity. Her works have shown internationally in festivals and galleries, including the Arsenal Cinema in Berlin, the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum, the Seoul Independent Film Festival, the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and the Images Festival in Toronto. Caroline has received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Sarah Jacobsen Film Grant, and the NYSCA/ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. She received her MFA in Film/Video from the California Institute of the Arts, her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program. Caroline teaches filmmaking at Rutgers University.