Film series: Spotlight on Kaldor artists
In association with Making art public: 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects
This season celebrates the artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Gilbert and George, Marina Abramović and Anri Sala with a selection of documentaries and feature films. Audiences can enjoy insights into the working processes and inspirations of these celebrated Kaldor Public Art Projects artist alumni.
The series begins with a Christo and Jeanne-Claude double feature, going behind the scenes on two of their most ambitious projects – the wrapping of the coastline at Little Bay in Sydney and Surrounded islands (1983) on Biscayne Bay in Florida.
Artist duo, Gilbert & George, explore the bleak urban surrounds of 1980s London in their rarely-screened film The world of Gilbert & George (1981).
Fans of Marina Abramović can follow the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life – a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art – in the acclaimed documentary The artist is present (2012).
The series concludes with the poignant 1395 days without red (2011) directed by recent Kaldor Public Art Project alumnus Anri Sala in collaboration with Liria Bégéja. The film draws on the experience of the siege of Sarajevo between 1992 and 1996.
Image: Christo: Wrapped coast (1969)
Directed by Michael and Christian Blackwood
Produced by Michael Blackwood Productions
Wednesdays 2pm & 7.15pm, Sundays 2pm
4 - 29 September 2019
How to get your ticket
Tickets available outside the Domain Theatre from one hour before each screening.
A limited release of early bird tickets can be booked in advance online via Qtix from Thursday 8 August 10am.
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Films start at the advertised time. Doors open 30 minutes before. Latecomers not admitted.
Location: Domain Theatre
Related exhibition: Making art public
Christo: wrapped coast + Islands
Christo: wrapped coast
Dir: Michael and Christian Blackwood 1969
30 mins 16mm-to-digital B&W
Unclassified All Ages
This newly restored landmark documentary follows artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude as they wrap the coast and cliffs of Little Bay in Sydney.
Dir: Albert and David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin 1986 (US)
56 mins 16mm Colour
Unclassified All Ages
For two brief weeks in May 1983, Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s installation Surrounded islands blossomed on the waters of Biscayne Bay, Florida. Eleven scrub-pine islands were surrounded by 6.5 million square feet of bright pink fabric. This documentary depicts the artists’ three-year struggle to realise the project alongside the wrapping of the Pont Neuf in Paris and the Reichstag in Berlin.
The world of Gilbert and George
Dir: Gilbert and George 1981 (UK)
71 mins 16mm Colour
Gilbert and George are renowned for presenting themselves as ‘living sculptures.’ This documentary captures the zeitgeist of youth culture in 1980s London. Poetic narration combines with vivid scenes of dancing and tea drinking that move between the startlingly beautiful, the humorous, and the absurd.
Marina Abramović: The artist is present
Dir: Matthew Akers, Jeff Dupre 2012 (US)
106 mins Digital Colour
Rated MA 15+ (Strong nudity)
Abramović has been redefining art for nearly 40 years. Using her own body as a vehicle, pushing herself beyond her limits – and at times risking her life in the process – she creates performances that challenge, shock, and move us. This film follows the artist as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life, a major retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art.
Intervista + 1395 days without red
Dir: Anri Sala 1998 (Albania)
26 mins Digital Colour
Intervista captures the moment when Sala, then a young art student, shows his mother an old newsreel taken when she was leader of the Communist Youth Alliance. His mother’s communist ideals and the current chaos in Albania collide, offering a moving reflection on the country’s (and one woman’s) past and present.
1395 days without red
Dir: Anri Sala in collaboration with Liria Bégéja 2011 (Albania)
43 mins Digital B&W
1395 days without red draws on the experience of the siege of Sarajevo between 1992 and 1996, and the trauma of the besieged citizens as they made their way through the city. The title refers to the fact that, during the siege, Sarajevans were advised not to wear bright colours that might alert the snipers in the hills above to their movements.