Stateland – recent film and video from the US

Stateland is a collection of recent work by some of the most creative and ground-breaking artists living and working in- and outside of America.

This collection of films reveals the contrasts and qualities being utilised by contemporary filmmakers from the US, varying between 16mm and digital collage; uncanny storytelling and subtle abstraction.

Stateland puts America under the microscope, revealing the multifaceted landscape that these films are informed and inspired by. In Luciano Piazza’s ‘Windows’, voyeuristic gazes into apartment windows allow us to glimpse the everyday of daily American lives. Gazelle Samizay’s ‘Ravel’ reveals the impact of growing up in America as an Afghanistani child, interpreting the complexity of cultural crossovers. In ‘The Dark, Krystle’, Michael Robinson plays with the nature of video and the representation of familiar American TV characters from Dynasty, reappropriating their stories with new emotional power.

Artists in the programme include: Gabriel Abrantes, Laida Lertxundi, Luciano Piazza, Michael Robinson, Ben Russell, Gazelle Samizay and Daniel Shanken.

Whitechapel Gallery
Date and time: Thursday 12 February, 7pm
Price: tickets from £6.50
Address: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX
020 7522 78889

Date and time: Thursday 26 February, Doors and bar 6pm, screening 6.30pm
Price: Free
Address: Fabrica, Duke Street, Brighton BN1 1AG
01273 778646

Curated by Jamie Wyld for videoclub. Supported by Arts Council England.