Peggy Ahwesh and Astria Suparak offer inventive perspectives of Western influences on Asian cinema and Asian influences on Western cinema. In Ahwesh’s Beirut Outtakes (2007), found footage retrieved from an abandoned cinema in Beirut provides commentary on cultural appropriation in the Middle East. In Suparak’s recent video essay Virtually Asian (2021), holographic advertisement scenarios reveal a white supremacist history of Hollywood science fiction filmmaking.
Screening right here for free beginning at 11 am (CST) February 8 through February 22. Also available to view on-site in the Bentson Mediatheque during gallery hours.
About the Artists
Peggy Ahwesh is a media artist who got her start in the 1970s with feminism, punk, and amateur Super 8 filmmaking. Her films and videos have been shown worldwide including at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, Film at Lincoln Center, and MoMA PS1. Ahwesh is currently based out of New York.
Astria Suparak is an artist, curator, and writer based in Oakland, California. Her cross-disciplinary projects often address urgent political issues and have been widely acclaimed for their high-level concepts made accessible through a popular culture lens. Suparak’s creative projects, often taking the form of publicly accessible tools, maps, and databases, have been exhibited and performed at MoMA, ICA LA, SFMOMA, the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and as part of the For Freedoms billboard series.
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