Irina Gabiani at: LETTERS FROM THE SKY, National Arts Festival 2012, Grahamstown, South Africa

Artists’ Films on Climate Change at the National Arts Festival 2012  
(from the official programme guide)
The experimental film programme LETTERS FROM THE SKY took to the screens in three cities as part of the COPART cultural action in November 2011.  Curated by Cape Town based Kai Lossgott, it showcases a series of film messages from artists and filmmakers from all over the world.  The artists were briefed to present personal responses to the effects of climate change on their communities, families and lives.
“The collective statement of these artists persuades us to cherish the world we live in, not only for ourselves – the seven billion – but also for generations yet to be born.  In an art world often ruled by and motivated by money, every video artist whose effort is featured here stands up to be counted as a global citizen.”  – Competition judge Jan Kather (curator, artist and educator, Elmira College & Cornell University, NY, USA).
Monday 2 July, 10:00, 12:00 & 14:00
Duration: 70 mins

Judge’s Choice Edition, 18 films, 1 hour 6 mins.
In screening order:
Treebute to Yogya.  2009.  Sara Nuytemans / Arya Pandjalu.  01:00.  (The Hague / Yogyakarta, Indonesia).
Air.  2011.  Dunet Chan.  4:00.  (Hong Kong).
Dead Air.  2011.  Louise Coetzer / Oscar O’Ryan.  04:15.  (Cape Town).
A Darker Shade of Grey.  2011.  Margreet Gouws / Graham Wickham / Salphy Ramohale.  03:26.  (Johannesburg).
Cooling Reactors.  2011.  Sojin Chun / Alexandra Gelis. 02:24.  (Toronto).
My Beach.  2011.  Leila Anderson / Clara Tilve.  03:34.  (Cape Town).
Take off your Veil.  2011.  Irina Gabiani.  04:00.  (Luxembourg).
Man Belongs to Earth.  2008.  Anna Barańska / Michal Barański.  03:00.  (Lublin, Poland).
Custom.  2011.  Terry Westby-Nunn.  03:04.  (Cape Town).
The Art-Qaeda Project.  2010.  Wei-Ming Ho.  04:00.  (Taipei, Taiwan).
Consomania.  2008.  Samba Fall.  04:00.  (Dakar / Oslo).
A little wind.  2011.  Xolani Ndhlovu / Jacqui-lee Katz / Melanie Hoenselaar / Tinashe Kamwendo.  02:24.  (Johannesburg).
Nor any drop to drink.  2011.  Kyle O’Donoghue.  02:31.  (Cape Town).
Rain.  2008.  Simone Stoll.  01:30.  (Frankfurt).
The Highest Pinnacle of Knowledge.  2010.  Joas Sebastian Nebe.  04:00. (Hamburg & Berlin).
Future North.  2008.  Jane D Marsching / Mitchell Joachim / Terreform.  03:15.  (Boston).
The Bear.  2011.  Anja Hitzenberger.  04:00.  (New York).
Love The Waters.  2011.  Claire Beynon.  04:20.  (Dunedin, New Zealand).
Struggle for Existence.  2010.  Laurie Sumiye.  04:00. (London / Hawaii).

Irina Gabiani at: Time is love, Tiwani Contemporary, London, UK 2012

Time is Love.5 [show 10]
International video art show
Curated by Kisito Assangni
19 June 2012
18H30: Screening + Q&A with the public
Free admission

16 Little Portland Str
London W1W 8BP
Tube: Oxford Circus
Alicja Rogalska (UK) | Alysse Stepanian (USA) | Charlotte Merino (France) | ELASTIC Group (Italy) | Fernando Velasquez (Brazil) | Grace Kim (USA) | Hermelinde Hergenhahn (Netherlands) | Hervé Penhoat (France) |
Irina Gabiani (Luxembourg) | Isidora Ficovic (Serbia) | Kokou Ekouagou (Togo) | Larry Caveney & Lizet Benrey (USA) | Laurent Fiévet (France) | Masha Yozefpolsky (Israel) | Michael Chang (Denmark) | Michael Douglas Hawk (Germany) | Nadiah Shazana (Maylasia) | Neven Allanic (France) | Nina Backman (Finland) | Pier Giorgio de Pinto (Switzerland) | Saliou Traoré (Burkina Faso) | Samba Fall (Senegal) | Simone Stoll (Germany) | Tristan Mory (France) | Ulf Kristiansen (Norway) | Wai Kit Lam (Hong Kong) | William Esdale (UK) | Xavier Gautier (France)
The new edition of Time is Love is based on the difficulties experienced by the earthmen to love. Simply love. Being in connection with the Other is not an easy thing in present times. We attend a fold of the individualities, a fainted solidarity and a blatant indifference for the Other. Love is a universal theme, within the reach of each. It comes along with the biggest human sufferings: the refusal, the solitude, the evil to be, the vengeance, the treason, the disappointment, the shame. The loving feelings recover the desert of our biggest troubles as our most beautiful enjoyments. Thirty selected artists venture on the thread of this tricky ambivalence. They deliver us without concession a range of complexities, bitternesses and passions generated by human relationships.
The selection operated by Kisito Assangni (artist and curator) states multiple sufferings, tearings and impossibilities of rapprochement. The presented bodies are in the heart of these individual and collective tightnesses. They are the main vectors passing on the notions of voracious passion, nostalgia and sensual slowness.
If Time is Love.5 raises a dark portrait of the human feelings, lights of hopes live and resist nevertheless. If today the time is synonymic money, Time is Love strives to avert the gaze towards more essential values so that the time can rhyme with that of the love, the gathering and the let go. Love as universal feeling extricates itself here from traditional clichés and from a timeless idealism. It is declined, scrutinized and translated with depth and intensity, just like the complexity of mankind.
Julie Crenn