Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Films of Abbas Kiarostami

I'm currently working on a zine for an upcoming exhibit + zine release at BOOKMACHINE books + zines called "Our Eyes, Spinning Like Propellers: a Year of Films at Hibbleton Gallery," which is curated by my friend, filmmaker Steve Elkins.  For the past year, we have been screening art films every week that Steve selects.  The zine will be a kind of retrospective of the 50 plus films we've watched together.  As I'm working on it, I thought I'd share with you some of the films, plus Steve's descriptions of them.  In July, we watched two films by director Abbas Kiarostami

"Taste Of Cherry" (1997):  In my mind, Abbas Kiarostami (director of "The Wind Will Carry Us" and "Through The Olive Trees") is simply one of the greatest living poets of our time. "Taste Of Cherry" is not only a profound introduction to Kiarostami's work (and life on the outskirts of Tehran) but also arguably among the most moving meditations of the preciousness of life, touching on debates that galvanized Iranian philosophers of the middle ages. 

"Certified Copy" (2010):  A mind-bending reflection on authenticity in art as well as in relationships, through two supposed strangers who spend an afternoon wandering the jaw-dropping beauty of Tuscany, a hall of mirrors whose reflections multiply into a metaphysical labyrinth.

The opening reception for this art show + zine release + video installation is Friday, June 6th, 2014 from 6-10pm, during the Downtown Fullerton Art Walk.

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