Image Employment

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 6:00p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St., Chicago, IL
United States
Stephanie Comilang, Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me, Paradise), 2016. Image courtesy of the artist and Vtape.org.

Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Re:Working Labor at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, Image Employment presents a selection of recent moving image works that investigate various modes of contemporary labor and production. Curated by Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson, the program explores the growing confluence of human and machinic technologies, corporate lifestyle, globalized capitalism’s  and its extraction and exploitation of workers and the environment, and the psychic effects of these forms of labor. Nash introduces the program and joins Re:Working Labor curators Daniel Eisenberg, Professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation and Ellen Rothenberg, Adjunct Professor of Fiber and Material Studies in discussion afterward. Works include Harun Farocki’s A New Product (2012), Stephanie Comilang’s Come to me Paradise (2016), and Jenn Nkiru’s Black to Techno (2019). 

 2012–19, United States/United Kingdom/Hong Kong/Canada/Germany, multiple formats, ca 75 minutes followed by discussion

Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, as part of the exhibition Re:Working Labor, on view September 21-November 27, 2019.

Curator Aily Nash in person

Re:Working Labor curators Daniel Eisenberg and Ellen Rothenberg in person

Aily Nash is a curator based in New York. She is co-curator of the Projections section of the New York Film Festival and program advisor to the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Short Film section. She served as a biennial advisor and co-curator of the film program for the 2017 Whitney Biennial and was head of programming for the 2018 edition of the Images Festival in Toronto. She has curated programs and exhibitions for MoMA PS1, New York; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, San Sebastian, Spain; FACT, Liverpool, UK; Image Forum, Tokyo; Ghost:2561, Bangkok; and others. She curated five seasons of the Basilica Screenings series at Basilica Hudson (2012–16). In 2015, she was awarded a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.