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Found Footing will be a video series presented by Whippersnapper Gallery and curated by Joshua Vettivelu, showcasing the work of Cora-Allan Wickcliffe, Amanda Boulos, Fallon Simard and Zinnia Naqvi accompanied by catalogue featuring the writing of Vince Rosario and Ariel Smith and a panel discussion facilitated by Deanna Bowen. This series brings together four emerging artists who have created work in response to preexisting moving images.

Whether it be old home movies, tourism films, protest documentation or vacation videos- the artists in this exhibition locate a sense of urgency in these preexisting moving images and strategically use them to explore experiences of intimacy, pride, family and accountability within larger conversations of colonialism, gender and state violence.

Cinema Screening, Catalogue Launch and Panel Discussion moderated by Deanna Bowen:

Saturday, November 26, 2016. 6:30PM @ Jackman Hall Theatre, AGO
Jackman Hall is fully accessible for mobility device users.

Free Admission

In-gallery Screenings @ Whippersnapper Gallery on loop from sunset to sunrise:

Zinnia Naqvi
Nov 6 - 19

Fallon Simard
Nov 20 - Dec 3

Amanda Boulos
Dec 4 - 17

Cora-Allan Wickliffe
Dec 18 - 31


Zinnia Naqvi’s film Seaview ruminates on the artist’s relationship to Karachi, Pakistan. By assembling old family footage, new footage, screen captures and audio conversations Naqvi reveals an uneasy relationship between her own photographic practice and 19th century ‘Orientalist’ ethnographic documentary photographers. Seaview questions the ability of any single medium to adequately translate culture across time and seas.

Fallon Simard’s Continuous Resistance Remix is a supercut of 30 YouTube videos that document residential schools, resource blockades by Elsipogtog youth, Idle No More footage from Couchiching First Nation and forest fires to look at how Indigenous communities across Canada are in a continuous state of resistance against the state.

Amanda Boulos’ videos compile home videos from YouTube of men jumping off the Raouché- a land formation in Lebanon. These videos are compiled to create a collective nostalgia that examines the links between Lebanon, land rights, masculinity and national pride under political duress.

Cora-Allan Wickliffe recuts documentation of the Queen’s arrival to Turangawaewae Marae which is the home of the Maori royal family and the Kingitanga (Maori government). The idyllic popular New Zealand folk song Haere Mai by Daphne Walker plays in the background repeating the words Haere Mai (Welcome) and Ka Pai (Good/Fine), contrasting the symbolic violence of the Queen refusing to engage appropriately in the Maori welcoming ceremony.
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