Solo Show & Residency

Water, John Protevi, speech held at the International Conference “Gilles Deleuze – Texts and Images”, South Carolina, April 5-8, 2007

Hypersea: life on land, Mark A.S. McMenamin and Dianna L.S. McMenamin, New York: Columbia University Press, 1994 

The General

(HD, 22 min, Turkey/ USA, 2016)

A tragicomedy shot at different Turkish ideological sites; the actress, Scheherazade, in a generic 'Gaddafi' jacket switches roles, but remains The General throughout. Film theories, cinematographies and their histories are implemented:
She reads a Trotsky speech at his decaying house on the Bosphoros, (once owned by the Ottoman chief of secret police).
As Camille Paglia, she is interviewed in an Istanbul hotel room, flirting with the male interviewer, while quoting Teresa de Lauretis.
In Cappadocia, at the cave dwellings where Pasolini made Medea, she reenacts the scene on the passing of matriarchy.
At Mount Ararat's site of Noah's arc, she subverts a youtube Michigan Militia character as an eco warrior, only to realise there are no animals left there.
She walks in silence through an 'empty' mall during Ramadan, carrying a large gold shopping bag, for capitalism and charity.
A Sufi music subtext scene alludes to Omar Khayyam's poems, in a discussion between Day and Night, and the impossibility of their meeting.

Within ideology itself, The General and the general population are binaries, yet within these subjectivities, parts of concepts can appeal, be 'true' and useful for the individual.

At the Center of the World

(B&W, HD, 9 min, Los Angeles, 2015) 

Winner of the Borusan Contemporary Art Collection Prize at Moving image Istanbul 
permanent collection at Gazelli Art House, London; made for Thessaloniki Biennale 5
       Close ups after Dreyer's Joan of Arc: the exquisite, emotional, black and white face turns towards and away from the camera frame                                                                                                                                                                                                 video stills


   (HD/ HDV, 35 min, UK/ USA, 2013)                                                                                                                           
   18 dreams after spinal surgery, describe psychological and external events preceding the accident. Chance, fate and consciousness connect        with ordinary reality, in a nondiegetic semi-narrative film about film and perception.
            in situ, Lethaby Gallery, London


Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (video, 4:3, 11 min, UK, 2011)

Imaging loss with emotional resonance, angled from 20th c. transient spaces: shock, anxiety, melodrama as a manageable site of trauma, spectacle, Modernism, Russian Constructivism, building from fracture.

" physically and psychically shocking...directly connected to perceptual dislocation and loss of sensory control." [1]

These are arrested, static, moving canvases, temporally flowing yet edited abruptly, like the disturbance of a replayed physical, emotional accident. Each environment is a broken facet of the experience, until the last image gathers a whole, retrieves a narrative.

[1] Weinbaum, Alys Eve 'Ways of Not Seeing, (En)gendered Optics in Benjamin, Baudelaire, and Freud', (2003)

Love Comes In At the Eye (35mm/ cell phone, 3.5 min, UK, 2012)

- Permanent show at Heartbreak Laundrette, London

A re-edit of Cronenberg's 'Videodrome', with new sound

Wild West (16mm, 1:1.85, 25 min, USA, 2005)
Awarded Eastman Kodak Hollywood film grant
Wild West is the story of the US's Great Basin desert, through the eyes of the land, with voice-over from interviews with the late Corbin Harney, then aged 86, Spiritual Leader of the Western Shoshone people, water doctor & anti-nuclear activist; with Rod Rondeaux & Gil Birmingham. 
Dante's Peak, Death Valley
Panamint Mountains dry lake bed, California

actress Lusheia Lenaburg
Kodachrome 71 (HDV, 24 min, Cyprus, 2011)

Kodachrome, a Super 8mm reversal stock, was in use from 1965 - 2011. By 1971, by my birth year, it was mostly used for home movies, to record brightly coloured 20th century memory moments. Kodachrome alludes to the word chromosome, (from the Greek: chroma, colour and soma, body), which become strongly stained with particular dyes. The film explores aspects of love and concepts of generational continuity; filmed at Aphrodite's birthplace.

We're Not In Minnesota Any More (video, 4:3, 20 min, UK, 2012)
A circular story in four differently-genred acts, connecting times and sites in ordinary and non-ordinary reality, around death.

Tatyana & Vera in 'Underground Forest' aka 'A Woodcutter's Tale'    
(35mm photocine, 3.5 min, USA, 2010) 
A 35mm photocine dark comedy, drawing on the macabre underside of fairy-tales, entangled forests. Stills and flared whites arrest heightened narrative moments.

Mare Mer Mere (16mm, 12 min, USA, 2001)

- Distributed by Iron Rod Motion Pictures, Canada
A girl asleep on a horse, dreams through mesmerising movement; optically printed with superimposition; poem in Arabic

Homecoming (HDV, 7 min, Morocco/ UK, 2010)
3-screen video exploring separation and integration of self. Landscape evokes the psychological states of the characters or mind: being and seeking. Inspiration in part, was from The Awakening Conscience (1853) by William Holman Hunt, reflecting change through action in mid-motion between two points.

MaKing (16mm, 3 min, UK, 1997)
The process of change through dismemberment, forgetting and re-membering; also the artistic process itself

Installation: Journey Under Lock and Key

Journey Under Lock & Key ('sick room' installation comprising drawing, video, embroidery and painting for Shunt gallery space, London, 2007; also shown at Autobody Fine Art, Alameda, CA) - created over 2 years, with broken discs.
Bear (pencil on paper, height 6')
- Sold to Steven Spielberg's Art Director for Disaster Sequences

Polar Bear
Ice princess
Video loop for monitor - 4 mins

Embroidered comforter, details, cotton thread on brushed cotton fabric

Middle part of embroidered double comforter, click all images to enlarge

Mexican Pots with Ancestor and Aloe Vera
Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Crazy Horse
Girl and Three Calderas
Wolf Kachina
Hat, Square and Indian