What's happening in Screen at Fairfield

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery is known for its strong history of community involvement and for presenting interesting, challenging and culturally diverse exhibitions. Screen NSW takes a look at the screen-based events that the gallery has in store for August.

1001 Nights in Fairfield: Little Baghdad

1001 Nights in Fairfield: Little Baghdad is an immersive exhibition that engages and reflects Iraqi histories, cultures and experiences. The exhibition presents a series of collaborations between artists and Fairfield’s diverse Iraqi communities and features film and new media, textiles, ceramics and visual arts. Traversing the ancient histories of Baghdad, with its spice trades and markets, to the complex wars that have engulfed modern Baghdad, to the diverse and rich living cultural life of Iraq and the diaspora, 1001 Nights examines how these histories inform Iraqi Australians.
The exhibition features a strong selection of screen work including:

  • Zanny Begg’s film (made with the Choir of Love): 1001 Nights in Fairfield, which intertwines stories of 1001 Nights with the stories of Iraqi community members in Fairfield, and their experiences of war and migration.
  • Cigdem Aydemir and Drawing the Line’s collaborative screen installation with a young Iraqi slam poet.
  • Iraqi filmmaker Zahra Alsamawi’s new film Little Baghdad, capturing contemporary Baghdad.
  • Video artist Sean Bacon has made work based on the everyday social activities in men’s coffee houses and on the chess and backgammon that men play on the streets of Fairfield.
  • Compass by Atanas Djonov
  • Kate Blackmore is also producing short films as part of this exhibition.

From 22 August – 14 November 2015

Compass is a four channel audio-visual installation by local new media artist Atanas Djonov. This interactive work consists of a marine compass positioned on a plinth in the middle of four screens aligned in the four cardinal directions, north, south, east, west.
The alignment of the compass, like each cardinal direction transforms itself as a entity signifying movement, search for direction, stability and assurance.

In September/ October the gallery will be presenting a night of Iraqi shorts, many of which have not been screened in Australia before. The gallery is working to present this program of shorts in partnership with the Arab Film Festival and Iraqi Cultural Alliance.

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