A video art installation by experimental filmmaker and artist Peggy Ahwesh will be displayed on the University of Colorado campus on Saturday and Sunday as part of the Brakhage Center Symposium.
Kissing Point (Revisited) features two sets of videos that deal with the Israel and Palestine conflict, according to a news release.
The first piece, called "Kissing Point," is a 15-minute-long, split-screen video that pairs images taken inside and around West Bank tunnels and an Israeli bypass road. The films also have street scenes of people shopping and men at work shot at night.
"The nighttime skies and landscapes on the physical and political edges of the territory are empty, haunted, and surreal," Ahwesh said in the release. "One's expansive sense of wanderlust is controlled by the limitations of division."
The second video, "Lessons of War," will be presented on monitors and details several episodes from the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. It is taken from a YouTube video that presents news in animation that Ahwesh repurposed to comment on "society's short memory, the reductive narrative of the news and the uneasy detachment one has from distant violence."
The exhibit is part of the 13th annual Brakhage Center Symposium, which is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Ahwesh's installations will be on view from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Atlas Center Black Box Theatre.
By John Bear