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Artists’ Cinema: Difference Screen at Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb

differencescreen-netDifference Screen presents a one night programme of international artists’ film and video at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb on 24th February 7.00 – 9pm.

The screenings are part of an evolving collection of contemporary artists’ film that reflect on changing realities through portraits of people and place.

The programme includes three films from the Balkans:

  • Capitalism Follows Socialism by Igor Grubic (Croatia)
  • Jump by Renata Poljak (Croatia) and
  • Mantra by Gordana Andjelic-Galic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
  • Other films include:  A Drone Wrapped Up in Flying Carpets by Riaz Mehmood, a beautifully made animation in which an Afghan warrior action figurine acquires a much more complex personality as he is transformed from a one-dimensional target of vilification to an ‘everyday’ human in search of meaning. Heba Amin’s experimental film My love for you, Egypt, increases by the day was inspired by the Egyptian uprising. Discussion Q/A with curator Branka Bencic, Difference Screen co-curator Bruce Allan and filmmakers Renata Poljak and Igor Grubic follows the programme.

Difference Screen reveals hidden, unexpected and often a very human view of diverse countries, places and landscapes shaped by recent events – artists’ responses that together show the vital, creative value and potential of difference. A common theme of this diversity is movement and migration across borders and cultures – the films for Difference Screen have been sourced from individual artists from many countries and nationalities. Many of these artists are themselves based in countries different to their country of origin.

Difference Screen launched on Friday 5th July 2013 underground at Clearwell Caves, ancient iron mines in the Forest of Dean, UK. It is travelling across twenty countries over 2.5 years and concludes at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK in December 2015.

The collection continues to grow as more films are included along the way, reflecting the currency of developing relationships between artists, curators and audiences.

The project has been developed and curated by Bruce Allan and Ben Eastop. Profiles of contributing film-makers, an essay From the Fabric of Things by Gareth Evans, a blog and a schedule of future venues can be found at www.differencescreen.net

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