Friday, 16 May 2008

correspondences: erice and kiarostami

Two filmmakers, two cultures, and a dialogue that brought them together

The internationally acclaimed visual arts exhibition Correspondences: Víctor Erice and Abbas Kiarostami will open in an exclusive season at Melbourne's Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) on 21 August 2008.

The major new exhibition from the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona brings together the work of two visionaries of independent cinema. The acclaimed oeuvre of Spanish director Víctor Erice has been widely acknowledged for its poetic and masterful storytelling, while Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami is regarded as a master of contemporary world cinema, voted by some critics as the most important director of the nineties.

Born within a week of each other in June 1940 and both drawing inspiration from film, video, photography and painting, Kiarostami and Erice also share a minimalist style, a thematic focus on childhood and landscape, and a nuanced contemplation of time.

ACMI Head of Exhibitions, Conrad Bodman, said it's a rare opportunity to experience the breadth of work by Kiarostami and Erice in a stunning and compelling exploration of two filmmakers who have a shared sensibility.

"Although these two great filmmakers met face-to-face only once before this exhibition, they discovered powerful parallels in their interests and ideas. Featuring their film, photography and paintings, Correspondences also presents several new works - a series of filmed exchanges between Erice and Kiarostami, which represent the long distance creative dialogue and friendship that developed between them during the making of this exhibition."

For both filmmakers, the cinema is inseparable from childhood, which they have made both their source and a consistent theme in their work. Others include the landscape, the village, pathways, the natural world, silence, and meditation.

"Kiarostami and Erice also share a passion and commitment to a form of cinema that takes time to contemplate the little things in their world: a cinema based on careful observation, patience and attention to detail," Conrad said. "Both are acutely aware that cinema has everything to gain from working at the boundaries of other artfoms and this exhibition is first and foremost a dialogue between two great artists."

Installed in the Screen Gallery at ACMI, the exhibition is experienced in a symmetrical, reversible space that can be visited in either direction depending on the individual. Visitors will experience a stunning survey of film, video, photography and painting that conveys Erice's and Kiarostami's shared humanity, humour, and artistic parallels.

ACMI Screen Gallery, Thursday 21 August - Sunday 2 November 2008. Free admission.

ACMI Film Programs will also screen a cinema season to complement the exhibition.

Curated by Alain Bergala and Jordi Balló. Exhibition produced by the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona and la Casa Encendida de Madrid, with the support of the Sociedad Estatal para la Acción Cultural en el Exterior - Gobierno de España

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