Lisa Jackson, SAVAGE (2009), HD video, 6 min. Courtesy the artist and Moving Images Distribution, Vancouver.
Lisa Jackson, SAVAGE (2009), HD video, 6 min. Courtesy the artist and Moving Images Distribution, Vancouver.

SAVAGE by Lisa Jackson

February 9, 2016 to February 14, 2016

Further Than I Can Throw A Stone | January 23rd to April 3rd, 2016

Jeremy Blake, John Bock, Cécile B. Evans, Erica Eyres, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera, Lisa Jackson, Karrabing Film Collective, John Knight, Kelly Mark, and Erika Vogt

Artist Talk by Lisa Jackson: Thursday, February 11th at 7pm

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present Lisa Jackson’s short film SAVAGE from February 9th to the 14th as well as an artist talk on February 11th . Combining various cinematic conventions with documentary techniques, Jackson’s films shatter the limitations of standard nonfiction filmmaking. Her work regularly addresses issues of cultural loss through nuanced interventions that subvert stereotypes in their ingenuity.

The title of Lisa Jackson’s SAVAGE describes the brutal action of a government who took children from their homes. This highly produced short film moves from musical narrative to music video spectacle as it focuses on the near moments after a small girl has been taken from her mother to be placed in a residential school. The mother emotionally sings a Cree lullaby that has her broken in tears and screams. The child remains emotionless in her new surrounding blank faced and subdued, but there is a monster being created inside. Moving from the extremes of deep grief to institutional blandness, the film gives an intimate view into the effects of a colonializing regime’s attempts to subjugate long established aboriginal cultures into a uniformity that is barely recognizable.

Lisa Jackson is an Anishinaabe filmmaker based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Jackson expanded into fiction with SAVAGE, which won a Genie Award for Best Short Film in 2010. Her work has been screened at various international including the Berlinale, SXSW, London BFI, HotDocs, and Edinburgh, and aired on CBC, CTV, TMN, Bravo!, Knowledge, SCN and APTN. Jackson’s films have garnered numerous awards and in 2012 the Reel World Festival named her a Trailblazer. Jackson is currently the Director Mentor for the National Screen Institute’s Aboriginal Documentary Training Program.

SAVAGE is one of ten art videos and short films presented as part of Further Than I Can Throw A Stone. Over the duration of the exhibition, a selection of works by a diverse and international group of artist is presented sequentially as stand alone artworks, each projected for one week at a time. They are joined through medium and an interplay of performance and biography.

On Tuesday, February 16th, Plug In ICA will launch Erika Vogt’s Darker Imposter.

Cécile B. Evans, Trilogy (January 22 – 31) • Kelly Mark, 108 Leyton Ave (February 1 – 7) • Lisa Jackson, SAVAGE (February 8 – 14) • Erika Vogt, Darker Imposter (February 15 – 21) • Erica Eyres, Autobiography I and II (February 22 – 28) • John Bock, Bauchhöhle bauchen (February 29 – March 6) • Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Tristan Bera, Belle comme le jour (March 7 – 13) • Karrabing Film Collective, Windjarrameru, the Stealing C*nt$ (March 14 – 20) • John Knight, MacGuffin 8 -2975 (March 21 – 27) • Jeremy Blake, Winchester (March 28 to April 3).

Plug In ICA gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. We thank the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for their support of our 2016 and 2017 program, and we extend gratitude to The Winnipeg Foundation and all our generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers.

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