Opening Saturday October 2, 2010 6:57 pm
Closing Sunday October 3, 2010 Sunrise
Zone B Independent Project # 28
Lida Alirezaei – Toronto, Canada …Curator
Arash Raeisian – Tehran, Iran …WONDERING LONELY SEED (16 min)
Sfandyar Torkaman Rad – Tehran, Iran …FORTUNE WITHOUT DRUGS(38 min)
Hassan Ghahremani …MOHABBAT SARBAZ IRAN (IRAN’S SOLDIER KINDNESS) (40 min)
First Films will be the debut of three short films by emerging Iranian filmmakers. They will be showing different layers of Iranian life; illustrating an artistic way of life, a typical, everyday life, and a life involved in politics. They will be about twenty minutes each, and will be playing throughout the night; the program will restart every hour. All of the films will have English subtitles. Queen Gallery is bringing these contemporary Iranian films that have been forced underground to light for the first time at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2010. This group exhibition is important for the on-going support of freedom of expression, here, and internationally. These artists risk arrest by making and showing these films. Queen Gallery is a staunch supporter of artistic freedom and human rights.
Nuit Blanche was originally conceived in Paris, France in 2002, in an attempt to bring contemporary art to the masses in public spaces. Now universally translated as ‘Sleepless Night’, Nuit Blanche brings more than a million people to the streets of Paris every year. In 2005, Paris organizers contacted the City of Toronto’s Special Events office with an invitation to join the ranks of approximately six other European cities producing similar all-night events. The international success of Nuit Blanche continues to build each year and has expanded its reach beyond Paris to Brussels, Rome, Bucharest, Riga, Madrid, La Valette, Portugal, Tokyo, Montreal and Leeds – each offering its own version of the all-night art extravaganza.
Toronto was the first North American city to fully replicate the Paris model, and has inspired similar celebrations throughout North America, including San Francisco, New York, Miami and Chicago.
At its core, Nuit Blanche is a 12-hour event with a mandate to make contemporary art accessible to large audiences, while inspiring dialogue and engaging the public to examine its significance and impact on public space. Nuit Blanche is both a “high art” event and a free populous event that encourages celebration and community engagement. From sunset to sunrise city spaces and neighbourhoods are transformed into temporary exhibitions. Unusual or forbidden spaces become sites of contemporary art open for all-night discovery and rediscovery. Cultural institutions, from museums to galleries to artist run centres, open their doors and offer free access to contemporary art. The everyday is suspended as the city’s landscape is changed to welcome a variety of artistic experiences.
Toronto’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche has wholeheartedly embraced these principals, and has become a cultural phenomenon the likes of which the city has never seen.