Award winner for film Wild West


Sound composition from film Mer Mare Mere in 'Body Watani: soul speak' drive-in dance performance at Arab American National Museum, Michigan

Aphrodite project

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland, 2020 
Curated show, TAG Gallery ‘Art + Video’ Los Angeles, 2020 [film, mask & rattle]

[2 films, 20-photo panel, drawings]
Solo Show, ART Gallery Tecopa, site-specific hot springs, Death Valley, Apr-Oct, 2019
2019 screenings include: 32nd Festival Les Instants Video Numeriques et Poetiques Marseille, France/ Experimental Forum Los Angeles, Honorable Mention/ Hazel Eye Film Festival Nashville, Tennessee/ CalArts Expo 2019 Los Angeles/ Tlanchana Fest (film & digital art) Mexico/ The Table chaired by LUX curator in residence, London/ British Film Institute London

16mm motion picture film, 3 mins
- from a meditation at the Mediterranean Aphrodite temple, ancient site overlooking the sea, considered her birth place: touch & gentleness of women's space as feminist, necessary, healing and contemporary; sound is the voices of water, precognitive, immersive, trance

Evening Star 

screenshot stills, HD, 20 min, shot on residency at Art Gallery Tecopa, CA

- a desert hot springs bathhouse at night under Venus, in her Evening Star aspect: water, static and grain allude to love and sex as dissolving principles; formal landscape as body.
Sound intensifies narrative through liminal space, the approaching stranger, mid-century desert architecture, Modernist abstraction, dissolving the western.

Residency, 'Mirroring Resilience Artist Intensive', La Maida Institute, Los Angeles

'Healing for cattle, as hooves bring up underground water & horns bring down rain, so they flow & move together again remember each other
performance with Hummingbird Sage calling Rain [mask: linen & black walnut; rattle: mesquite beans & reeds]       

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, 2015)

A tragicomedy shot at different Turkish historically-rich sites: Scheherazade as storyteller remains The General throughout, as she enacts different roles, regarding the 'general population'.
Film history/ theory references, scene and cinematography reenactments, cultural YouTube stereotypes, Constantinople lovers' poetry - venture through the usefulness of an individual's inclusion within evolving ideological stories specific to time and place.

"The underlying assumption behind political conflicts that did not lead to repression and oppression of those disputing orthodoxy has always been the belief that people could be convinced to join a side with ideas and arguments. The representational politics of the past was about convincing people that certain political ideas and policies supported their interests. Identity politics is now claiming that our identities, not our reason, determine our opinions, interests and the political platforms we should be supporting. If our identities determine our interests and our identities are based mainly on the demographics we belong to, or specific identity related experiences, the possibilities for compromise and for convincing others belonging to different identity groups, through ideas and reason, will become extremely limited."
('Universalism and the Courage to Change Society', By Christine Louis Dit Sully, 2018)

Trotsky's home in exile on Buyakada Island, Istanbul, formerly home to the Ottoman Chief of Secret Police

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 describe psychological and external events preceding an accident. Chance, fate and consciousness connect with ordinary reality, in a nondiegetic semi-narrative film about film and perception.
"...elements of narrative and acting arouse the spectator's psychological participation in plot or scene while at the same time distancing the viewer by disallowing empathy, meaning and closure; an image of the disassociated sensibility or 'double consciousness' praised by Surrealism in its critique of naturalism..."
        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 partly 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.
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

Pots with Ancestor and Aloe
Girl and Three Calderas