ARTNAKED PRESENTS
‘ART SHORTS’ 

At the Valletta Film Festival 2016

Debut: Monday 6th June, from 10pm
Café Society, 13 St Johns Street, Valletta VLT 1168, Malta
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Following the success of the inaugural edition of Valletta Film Festival (VFF) in June 2015, Film Grain Foundation presents the second edition of the festival from Friday 3rd to Saturday 11th June 2016.   As a new sidebar to the programme, London-based curators Andrew Hancock and Tani Burns of ARTNAKED have chosen a selection of leading international visual artists working in the media of film to present as a series of ‘Art Shorts’. Submissions were received from around the world, and the final curation comprises an impressive roster of critically appraised and award-winning artworks, alongside several artists who have recently been shown in either art biennales or film festivals globally. All artwork to be shown as part of the ‘ARTNAKED Art Shorts’ series is previously unseen on the Maltese islands.   Encompassing animation, puppetry, abstract and surrealist video artwork, ‘Art Shorts’ juxtaposes the gruesome with the serene, the political with the purely aesthetic. Christopher Gray’s new work, “Death by Chair”, recently announced winner of the prestigious XL Catlin Art Prize, portrays through puppetry the gruesome scene of a medieval torture chamber, in stark contrast to Bongsu Park’s “Lethe River”, a captivating vision of light and movement choreographed through the filming and manipulation of traditional Korean dance, the artist’s interpretation of the Grecian myth alluded to in the work’s title. Wu Xiaohai’s animated drawing, created during a time of social distress in the artist’s natice China, stands as a foretelling of China’s recent and current social issues, while Vasiliisa Forbes presents the objectification of women in pop art and media through a visual arts campaign, stylised in the manner of a 'fashion film'. Andrew Hancock, presenting a fresh cut of his 30 minute contribution to last year’s Moscow Biennale, refers back to the art world itself, a playful, satirical, colourful and illuminating piece, rich in Art History and the struggles of the contemporary arts. Shin Kiwoun, also, considers the notion of value – this time in relation to the value and power of modern commodities, both in their being and in their destruction.   This year’s VFF will include a number of new elements intended to enrich the audience experience and expand it, including a curated strand of video art sourced from around the globe. ARTNAKED, the London-based curators, have been invited by the directors of VFF to curate this series of ‘Art Shorts’, a loop of video or filmic art to be shown in the heart of the city during the festival. Following their recent successes and contributions to the burgeoning art scene and cultural landscape of Malta – including the cultural sponsorship and part-curation of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale (November 2015 – January 2016), ARTNAKED’s Directors Andrew Hancock and Tani Burns, are delighted to return to the islands to present new, exciting and unseen content to such a discerning audience.   The loop – debuting on Monday 6th June at Café Society in Valletta – will be presented in various public places in Malta’s capital city, Valletta, which gears itself ever more to take on the mantle of European Capital of Culture in 2018.  

Following the success of the inaugural edition of Valletta Film Festival (VFF) in June 2015, Film Grain Foundation presents the second edition of the festival from Friday 3rd to Saturday 11th June 2016.
 
As a new sidebar to the programme, London-based curators Andrew Hancock and Tani Burns of ARTNAKED have chosen a selection of leading international visual artists working in the media of film to present as a series of ‘Art Shorts’. Submissions were received from around the world, and the final curation comprises an impressive roster of critically appraised and award-winning artworks, alongside several artists who have recently been shown in either art biennales or film festivals globally. All artwork to be shown as part of the ‘ARTNAKED Art Shorts’ series is previously unseen on the Maltese islands.
 
Encompassing animation, puppetry, abstract and surrealist video artwork, ‘Art Shorts’ juxtaposes the gruesome with the serene, the political with the purely aesthetic. Christopher Gray’s new work, “Death by Chair”, recently announced winner of the prestigious XL Catlin Art Prize, portrays through puppetry the gruesome scene of a medieval torture chamber, in stark contrast to Bongsu Park’s “Lethe River”, a captivating vision of light and movement choreographed through the filming and manipulation of traditional Korean dance, the artist’s interpretation of the Grecian myth alluded to in the work’s title. Wu Xiaohai’s animated drawing, created during a time of social distress in the artist’s natice China, stands as a foretelling of China’s recent and current social issues, while Vasiliisa Forbes presents the objectification of women in pop art and media through a visual arts campaign, stylised in the manner of a 'fashion film'. Andrew Hancock, presenting a fresh cut of his 30 minute contribution to last year’s Moscow Biennale, refers back to the art world itself, a playful, satirical, colourful and illuminating piece, rich in Art History and the struggles of the contemporary arts. Shin Kiwoun, also, considers the notion of value – this time in relation to the value and power of modern commodities, both in their being and in their destruction.
 
This year’s VFF will include a number of new elements intended to enrich the audience experience and expand it, including a curated strand of video art sourced from around the globe. ARTNAKED, the London-based curators, have been invited by the directors of VFF to curate this series of ‘Art Shorts’, a loop of video or filmic art to be shown in the heart of the city during the festival. Following their recent successes and contributions to the burgeoning art scene and cultural landscape of Malta – including the cultural sponsorship and part-curation of the Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale (November 2015 – January 2016), ARTNAKED’s Directors Andrew Hancock and Tani Burns, are delighted to return to the islands to present new, exciting and unseen content to such a discerning audience.
 
The loop – debuting on Monday 6th June at Café Society in Valletta – will be presented in various public places in Malta’s capital city, Valletta, which gears itself ever more to take on the mantle of European Capital of Culture in 2018.

 

ARTNAKED ARTISTS  INSTALLED AT THE NEW

MDINA CATHEDRAL CONTEMPORARY ART BIENNALE 2015

13th NOVEMBER 2015 - 7TH JANUARY 2016

Artists:  ADAM DIX /  MADELEINE FENWICK / ANdrew HAncock / richard shields / lena von lapschina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANDREW HANCOCK IN 6TH MOSCOW BIENNALE OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Artist Andrew Hancock presents major new installation artwork for the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, exhibiting at the National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA).

 

 

 

The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) launches a large-scale audio-visual project – the international festival TO SEE THE SOUND, dedicated to the study of sound in contemporary art. 

TO SEE THE SOUND has been included in the Special Program of the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. The co-organizers of the festival are the international Todays Art Festival (The Netherlands) and Moscow City Galleries Network.

For more information about the exhibition visit the NCCA website.

 

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