July 28 –
August 5, 2021
For thousands of years people lived in harmony with water, expressing a reverence and respect for the earth’s vast oceans, placid lakes, and coursing rivers. Only recently has society pivoted toward violently taming and manipulating these bodies of water, motivated by avarice and domination.This screening brings together videos that consider, both directly and obliquely, the effects of human intervention on bodies of water, and in particular the negative impact on local communities.

In Sky Hopinka’s Kunįkága Remembers Red Banks, Kunįkága Remembers the Welcome Song (2014, 9:20 min), timeless scenes of changing landscapes are layered with the artist’s grandmother’s oral recollections of the Hočąk at the pre-contact village of Red Banks near present day Green Bay, Wisconsin. Carolina Caycedo’s A Gente Rio [The People River] (2016, 29:29 min) tells the stories of four gigantic river dam projects in Brazil from the perspective of local and Indigenous groups resisting the profound changes brought about by the dams. Thao Nguyen Phan's Becoming Alluvium (2019–20, 16:40 min) weaves narratives of industrialization, food security and ecological sustainability with folklore and myth, centered around the ebb and flow of the Mekong River. Charwei Tsai's​ Lanyu—Three Stories​ (2012, 12:00 min) is a journey into the Indigenous communities that live in Lanyu, a rocky island off the southern coast of Taiwan, which controversially houses the nuclear waste of the country's three nuclear reactors. Moving across four bodies of water—the Mediterranean, the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean—Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman’s 4 Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018, 30 min) follows the movement of people as well as elements and matter, taking a planetary view of the present and inviting us to question the ethics that drive our current moment.

This is the thirteenth and final event in our year-long season dedicated to thinking about our contemporary moment through the lens of Cecilia Vicuña's work.

What is the water saying?
A screening of videos by Carolina Caycedo, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, Sky Hopinka, Thao Nguyen Phan, and Charwei Tsai

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Outdoor screening hosted by
Headlands Center for the Arts
944 Simmonds Road, Sausalito, CA
Registration required. Please register here.

The videos are available to watch on our website from July 29 through August 5, 2021.