Hortus Conclusus by Anna Kipervaser
The works of filmmakers Alex Cunningham and Anna Kipervaser embody a murmuring and agreeable poetic dialog in which portentous landscapes, introspective travelogue and whispers of narrative reflect contemplative luminous spirituality. As part of an extensive Summer tour, Cunningham and Kipervaser appear in person to present this interwoven screening of their works.
SCREENING by Alex Cunningham: Theia, a troubled love story of the moon and the her lost partner; Raining Ragas nos. 1–6, a series of in-camera 16mm celluloid ragas, filmed in Kerala and West Bengal, 2015; and Zeniths and Nadirs: the oscillations of beginning, and so always is “an attempted and failed documentary of the birth story of earth” which reaches from the celestial firmament to the unstable ground.
SCREENING by Anna Kipervaser: The Order of Revelation: 1–5 is a direct celluloid translation of the Quran, recalling the silent visual literature of David Gatten. Hortus Conclusus—the enclosed garden—cites The Song of Songs while exploring microcosmic worlds. Suhail and The One Having Crossed Over invokes a cosmology of transition, resurrection and tragic separation drawing from the artist’s world travels.
The air turns a different color, blindingly bright, deafeningly silent. The source: a hollow sun which inscribes the entire landscape, the same landscape we stand on and look down, out, and up from. Auratic thickets thick with bracken and brier are actively peeled away for the reveal. A history of life. Their story of disturbances in the once-set inscriptions. (Cunningham & Kipervaser)
Anna Kipervaser is a Ukrainian-born multimedia artist. Her work spans multiple disciplines including experimental and documentary moving image works. Anna is also painter, printmaker, installation artist, curator of exhibitions and programmer of screenings showcasing the works of contemporary international artists. Her moving image work has screened at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Crossroads Film Festival at the San Francisco Cinematheque, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival, Indie Grits Film Festival, Montreal Underground Film Festival, Haverhill Experimental Film Festival, Spectacle Theatre, Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogota, and 12Gates Video Art Fest. She holds a BFA in Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Class 2003, a Graduate Certificate in Middle East Studies, and, an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts from Duke University, Class 2015.
Alex Cunningham is an experimental and documentary filmmaker currently based in North Carolina. He received his BFA from Ithaca College in 2012 and his MFA from Duke University in 2016. His films address and explore the issues of the physical earth as a living object and human physical intervention into and relationship with the landscape and climate. His films have shown at Raindance Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, Big Muddy Film Festival, Black Maria Film Festival, and Mono No Aware. He is also a professor of photography and cinema, a curator and programmer, and a film projectionist.
Pictured above: Hortus Conclusus by Anna Kipervaser