Why Do You Have to Make Everything About Race? by Amanda Chestnut & The Films of Roger D. Wilson
Visual Studies Workshop
31 Prince St.
Feb 6, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“Why Do You Have to Make Everything About Race?” is the MFA Thesis Exhibition of works by Amanda Chestnut. Archival photographs and stories combine with contemporary imagery and the artists’ narrative to connect socio-political history with personal history. In many brief books, archival photography and ephemera combine with poetry and periodical text to convey the history, the emotion, and the lasting impact of historic events. The bookworks presented are representative of two years of work within the Soibelman Syndicate News Agency Archive. Amanda Chestnut is a visual artist from Rochester, New York. A Master of Fine Arts candidate at Visual Studies Workshop, her work focuses on the representation of history, how information is preserved, and how the history of race and gender have come to impact modern narratives. Opens Friday, February 6th. Runs through Saturday, February 14th. Regular Gallery Hours Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm. Free and open to the public.

The Science behind the Process: The Films of Roger D. Wilson

Canadian Filmmaker Roger D. Wilson has been creating innovative experimental films for over a decade. His films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images through optical printing and painting the film, adding textures through decay, hand processing and creating his own prints. Roger’s films have screened at festivals around the world. His film Camera Paint, won the Best Experimental Award at the 2008 Niagara Filmfest. His film Knotashed: an Alderson Oasis was one of six finalists for The 2011 Georges-Laoun-Opticien-OBORO Super Short Film Prize, and he is also the 2013 recipient of The Corel Arts Endowment Award. Roger is also a founding member of The Windows Collective, a group of six Ottawa filmmakers who create and exhibit experimental film loops. Roger has established himself as a film artist who explores the film’s canvas always searching for innovative ways to telling and exhibiting his stories. Film Screening at 7:00pm, 50 min. $5 Suggested Donation.