Artists’ Film International
The 2018 edition of AFI focuses on the theme of truth. Each of the selected artists explore the relationship between fact and fiction.
Artists’ Film International is a collaborative project featuring film, video and animation from around the world. Established by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, Artists’ Film International includes 16 global partner organisations. The programme brings together recent moving image works which are presented over the course of a year in each venue.
The discovery of Cecile B. de Mille’s Ten Commandments film set, buried in the sands of California for nearly 90 years, is the point of departure for And If In a Thousand Years (2017) by Patrick Hough (b. 1989, Ireland), which explores the intersection of artefact, cinema, film, CGI and laser-scanning technology.
In Shadowland (2014) John Skoog (b. 1985, Sweden) also offers sweeping views of the California landscape used in Hollywood films as a stand-in for different parts of the world, overlaying this footage with original film soundtracks and recordings, creating a disjunct between reality and the cinematic construct.
Life is Like (2015) by Ørjan Amundsen (b. 1982, Norway) is a fast-paced collage of images drawn from the internet, television and cinema, highlighting the exciting and overwhelming nature of technology and existence.
Patrick Hough is selected by Whitechapel Gallery, John Skoog is selected by Bonniers Konsthall, Ørjan Amundsen is selected by Tromsø Kunstforenig.