Media Arts Program

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
Experimental Television Center and National Endowment for the Arts

Naomi Uman


Presented at:
Squeaky Wheel

Internationally renowned filmmaker Naomi Uman will be in residence at Hallwalls this fall. A recipient of a HARP (Hallwalls Artist Residency Project) award, which is funded in part by the NEA, Naomi will travel to Buffalo from Mexico City to work on a new artwork that combines performance, video diary, and the daily construction of coats for herself and her canine companion.

Naomi earned her MFA in 1998 from the California Institute of the Arts and her undergraduate degree in 1993 from Columbia University, New York City. She has earned numerous awards including support from the National Endowment for the Arts, 2003; a Guggenheim Fellowship, 2002; Fideicomiso Para La Cultura y Las Artes, also known as Mexico/U.S.A. Fund for Culture, 2000; and the Golden Gate Award, New Visions category, San Francisco International Film Festival, 1999. Her films have been widely screened internationally at various festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; New York Film Festival (Visions from the Avant Garde), New York City; Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; European Media Arts Festival, Osnabruck, Germany; San Francisco Cinematheque, San Francisco, California; Viennale, Vienna, Austria; and Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago, Illinois.

Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m.
Screening of 16 mm films by Naomi Uman
Introduced by the artist in person
at Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St.

REMOVED (1999, 5 min.)
Using a piece of 1970s porn film, nail polish and bleach, Uman creates a new pornography, one in which the woman exists only as a hole -- an empty animated space.

PRIVATE MOVIE (2000, 6 min.)
A love story in three parts. Through studies on light, movement, happiness, glowing darkness and flickering melancholia, this film tells of a woman's journey of love, with nostalgia, pets, places, and men.

(2002, 11 min.)
This film tells the story of its own making as it explores the manual manipulations upon the film body, examining the cinematic result of mechanical interventions.

LECHE (1998, 30 min.)
Filmed in black and white 16mm, hand-processed and hung to dry, Leche examines details of the life of one family, living on an isolated dairy ranch in Central Mexico.

MALA LECHE (2003, 47 min)
Considered a companion piece, this film follows the same family presented in Uman's earlier film Leche. Now living in California's agricultural Central Valley, the family continues to work with dairy cattle but under very different circumstances.

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