ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Alexandra Gelis is a Colombian-Venezuelan media artist living and working in Toronto, Canada. Her studio practice combines film, video, installation, and photography with custom built interactive electronics. Her projects incorporate personal field research as a tool to investigate the ecologies of various landscapes through examining the traces left by various socio-political interventions. She uses data capture techniques, video, sound, and spatial and electronic media to create non-fiction based immersive installations; single and multi channel films and videos. She has exhibited internationally in North and South America and Africa.
Matthew Rankin studied Québec history at McGill University and Université Laval before burrowing into the artistic underclass of his native Winnipeg to become a maker of art films.
Working in video and photo-chemical hybrids of documentary, experimental drama and animated abstraction, Matthew’s films have been the object of both international acclaim and outraged corporate attack. An alumnus of the Sundance Film Festival, Matthew was a 2013 artist-in-residence at the McDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and is the first Winnipegger in film history to be nominated for Québec’s coveted Jutra award. Matthew works in French, English and, increasingly, Esperanto.
Tasha Brown is an independent Canadian filmmaker with nine film credits to date. She has been a part of the Canadian media arts scene for the last fourteen years. Tasha is committed to creating film and digital works that capture various human experiences. Tasha is a renaissance woman; she directs, shoots, and edits her film/digital works.
Malena Szlam (Chile) is an artist filmmaker based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her films, performances and installations examine the relations between cinematic practice, embodiment, temporality, and perception. Engaging the affective dimensions of analogue processes, Szlam’s work gives material form to kinetic and lyrical approximations of the natural world.
Szlam’s work has been showcased at leading festivals including Wavelengths at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), New Directors/New Films Festival, Media City Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and CPH:DOX. Her latest film, ALTIPLANO received numerous awards, including 25 FPS’s Grand Prix, Melbourne International Film Festival’s Best Experimental Short Film, and TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten 2018.
Recently, INFRA— a retrospective of her work was presented at SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art in Montreal. Other international group exhibitions include Time Machine, Palazzo del Governatore (Italy); Expanded Plus, Factory of Contemporary Arts Palbok (South Korea); and The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark).
Miryam Charles is a director, producer and director of photography living in Montreal. She has produced and photographed several short fiction films as well as feature films . She is also the director of several short films which have been presented in various festivals in Quebec and internationally. She is currently working on her first feature-length documentary Cette maison (Talents en vue, SODEC) on short fiction film Au crépuscule (SODEC créateurs émergents), a fantastic series X (Banff/Netflix Diversity of Voices + Trio Orange) as well as a feature-length fiction film Le marabout (La forge Québec cinéma/Netflix + Voyelles Films).
Ariel Smith is an award-winning filmmaker, video artist, curator, writer and cultural worker, currently based in Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Having created independent media art since 2001, much of her work has shown at festivals and galleries across Canada and internationally. Ariel is largely self-taught, but honed many of her skills through artist-run centres and her passion for artist-run culture has become an integral part of her practice. She has previously worked as the technical director of Saw Video Media Arts Centre and as the Executive Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. Ariel is currently the Artistic Director of Native Women in The Arts and is completing an MFA in film production at York University.