Artist talk at opening reception on Thursday, May 19.
Isla Santa Maria 3D will screen every twenty minutes, starting on the hour.
With his first foray into 3D filmmaking, Toronto artist Oliver Husain extends his interest in theatre, dance, puppetry, animation and the spectacle of cinema. Based on the myth of Isla Santa Maria, an island said to have formed from the wreckage of a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships, Husain’s film draws together the violent colonialist legacy of Columbus with developments of perspectival drawing and stereoscopic image making as two histories that reordered the way we see the world. The film’s cast of characters–a dancing conquistador, an oracle appearing as a floating hologram, a group of visitors from another planet, and a flock of Victorian era revellers on a beach–are pulled out of time, into a nonlinear narrative that overlaps histories, truths and fantasies to reimagine possible futures.
Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. In 2015, his solo exhibition beside the point was shown at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto; and his work was included in Architecture by Artists at 221a, Vancouver, Depth of Perception at Oakville Galleries and Magick Lantern Cycle at Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg. In 2016 Husain’s work was featured in a group exhibition at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and a solo exhibition at Gallery Clages, Cologne. Later this year his work will be exhibited at The Galleria Mall, Toronto. His work is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery, his website is www.husain.de
Isla Santa Maria 3D was co-commissioned by Gallery TPW and Images Festival with generous assistance from the Canada Council for the Arts.