Jorge Lozano: Reports / A Screening and Book Launch

July 7, 2018
The Commons @ 401 Richmond Street West
$10 general admission
$5 members/students/seniors
or by donation

Part of Summer 2018

Accessibility: This venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a ramp to the front door and an elevator to the fourth floor, with accessible washrooms on the same floor as the event. Please contact us if we can offer any additional assistance to make this event fully accessible for you.

6:30pm – Food, drinks, books, and mingling
8:00 – Screening
9:15 – Respondents and Panel Discussion

Please join us for a screening and book launch of the new Canadian Film Institute/Pleasure Dome publication: Jorge Lozano Reports, (edited by Mike Hoolboom, designed by Alexandra Gelis, with contributions by many luminous writers).

With special guest respondents Rebecca Garrett, Mike Hoolboom, and Julieta Maria. Food lovingly prepared by Jorge Lozano himself!

4:26 minutes (2004)
A tender, if unsentimental, portrait of the artist’s mother. Her aging face fills the frame, her voice reduced to a whisper. She is intercut with slowed tidal currents and a new child. In a moment of bracing intimacy, her artist-son follows her into the bathroom, the camera up in her face to catch her expression as she looks back across the years between them.

The End of Type (writers)
5:00 minutes (2016)
The artist types a letter to his mother, thanking her for for kindnesses real and imagined. Though at last he realizes that the situations he encounters in his no longer new Canadian home, are so foreign as to be incomprehensible to her, and besides that, the letter is typed in English, a language she doesn’t read. It appears we have been overhearing a monologue that poses as a dialogue.

Tampon Thieves
23:46 minutes (1994)
One of a pair of 16mm movies made with a crew (!) and actor familiars, this handsomely produced short brings a garage aesthetic to its gender-bending cast. Gaybashing, feminism, and white supremacy ravel out in a prescient political tract that is also a family drama and love story.

5:08 minutes (2017)
A series of titles announces that what we are about to see are found pics and sound, a home-brewed cassette of Sweet Jane and an orphaned roll of super 8 film. What follows is a kinetic, handheld home movie, shot in New York’s lower east during the 80s, mostly offering a blurry haze of coloured abstractions until at last the androgynous figure of Eve Mackey emerges on a rooftop, assertive and questioning. In this time capsule the artist offers his own work as found footage, as if he had many lives and selves, occupied multiple pasts and time zones.

Illegal_its effect on the body
37:07 minutes (2016)
Illegal_its impact on the body showcases a harrowingly eloquent quartet of illegal immigrants living in Toronto, Canada. Each works a variety of routinely underpaid jobs, including dishwasher, janitor, metal shop hack, construction crew. Chief amongst the economic precariat, they are routinely exploited for free labour (you mean I have to pay you?) and sexual services.

Thank you to our sponsors! Pleasure Dome is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Arts Council.