No Permanent Address: video portrait of the New People's Army
No Permanent Address
April 13 – May 26, 2012 @ Gallery TPW in Toronto
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Images Festival and Gallery TPW are very pleased to co-present work by Mark Boulos. No Permanent Address is a three channel video portrait of the New People's Army, a Maoist guerrilla group in the Philippines. Shot over several months while the artist lived amongst their members, the work speaks to the persistence of communist ideologies at a time in which Boulos suggests "capitalism has begun to lose its sense of inevitability." Resisting the impulse found in most political documentary to focus on victims, Boulos looks at the members of the insurgent group as quotidian heroes as he records their daily activities and speaks with them about notions of love, sacrifice, revolution and ideology. Acknowledging the incongruities between a lived Marxism and the communist philosophies from which Boulos often draws inspiration, No Permanent Address is at once a generous, humanist portrait and a provocation about political violence and the transmission of ideas and culture across borders.
Mark Boulos is an American video-artist who lives and works in Amsterdam and London. He makes multi-screen documentary video installations, mostly about miracles and revolutions. He has filmed oil guerillas in the Niger Delta, commodities traders in Chicago, Christian mystics in Syria, and Islamic jihadists in London and New York. In March 2012, MoMA NY presented a solo exhibition of his work as part of their 'Projects' series. He has had solo shows at the Miami Art Museum (2011), the Belkin Gallery in Vancouver (2010), Ar-Ge Kunst in Bolzano (2009), and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (2008). No Permanent Address was commissioned by and premiered at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 2010. It was presented at Smart Project Space in Amsterdam in 2011, as it was long-listed for the Dutch Prix de Rome.
Mark Boulos is presented in collaboration with the 25th Images Festival,
April 12 - April 21 (www.imagesfestival.com) and continues through the Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival in May (scotiabankcontactphoto.com).
Image Credit: Mark Boulos, Whirlwind Maneuver, production still, No Permanent Address, 2010. Image courtesy of Galerie Diana Stigter.
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