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Film Screening: Taskafa, Stories of the Street

As part of “We Look At Animals Because,” Critical Distance and South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC) presents a film screening by filmmaker Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Structured around readings by renowned critic and essayist John Berger, “Taskafa” (2013, 66 mins) offers a brilliantly incisive meditation on urban space and city life by investigating the complex history of Istanbul’s street dogs. Despite several major attempts by Istanbul’s rulers, politicians and planners over the last 400 years to erase them, the city’s street dogs have persisted thanks to an enduring alliance with civilian communities that recognize and defend their right to co-exist.

“Taskafa” gathers the voices of diverse Istanbul residents, shopkeepers, and street based workers, all of whom display a striking commitment to the well-being and future of the city’s canine population. Interwoven to this narrative are readings by Berger from his novel “King,” a story of hope, dreams, love and resistance, told from the perspective of a dog belonging to a community facing disappearance, even erasure.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, cultural activist and filmmaker. She is the first director to be shortlisted for both the Grierson and Jarman Awards, and in 2017 she received the Artangel Open Award for her feature drama Cycle, produced in collaboration with Adrian Jackson. Currently Zimmerman teaches at Central St. Martins in London, where she also studied for her PhD.

tdsbCREATES Art & Film Exhibition 

tdsbCREATES Art & Film Exhibition 

May 4 – 18, 2017 | First and Third Floor Hallway Galleries

Hours: Open Daily 8 AM – 8 PM, Flex Studio 107 closes on May 14

Opening Reception: Tuesday, May 9 | 6:30-8:00 PM | Free

Students from across the city express powerful connections to the theme of CHANGE through painting, sculpture, photography and film. Teachers and artist mentors supported students as they developed their voices and artistic skills through engagement in rich creative processes. A jury of professional artists reviewed the students’ proposals, provided meaningful feedback, and selected works for the final exhibition at Artscape Youngplace (May 4-18). Please join us for a special celebration of student voice through art and film at the exhibition reception on May 9th, 6:30pm – 8pm.  Remarks at 7 pm.

Erratic Room Film Screening and Artist’s Talk

Join us for this family-friendly film screening and informal artist’s talk featuring two hilarious Buster Keaton shorts that inspired Lyla Rye’s installation, ERRATIC ROOM. Bring your own pillow (chairs available as needed); we’ll have the popcorn!

Each short is around 20 minutes long. Come at 1pm to see Lyla Rye’s installation and get your seat; first screening starts at 1:30. After a short break, the second screening will start, followed by a brief artist’s talk and kid-friendly Q+A. Stay for as long as you like!

RSVP: As space is limited, please RSVP at typologyscreening@eventbrite.com