. Conversations at the Edge (CATE)

April 24 – Basma Alsharif: Doppelgänging

Thursday, April 24 | Basma Alsharif in person! Basma Alsharif’s sharp, seductive films have often been informed by Palestine’s history, its contemporary political situation, and the conflicted experiences of those who call it home (whether or not they live there). She returns to CATE with a collection of recent films that explore bilocation—the act of being in multiple places […]

We Began By Measuring Distance

Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m. | Basma Alsharif in person! Introduced by Tirtza Even! Basma al-Sharif, We Began By Measuring Distance (2009). Courtesy the artist. “We Began By Measuring Distance”  reflects on intrinsic and imposed distances—physical, logistical, and psychological—represented in works by women filmmakers from or connected to Palestine, including Jumana Emil Abboud, Basma Alsharif, […]

Yael Bartana: A Declaration

Thursday, March 10, 6:00 pm | Yael Bartana in person! Mur i Wieża (Wall and Tower) (Yael Bartana, RED HD video, 15 min, 2009). Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery Amsterdam. Amsterdam- and Tel Aviv-based artist Yael Bartana’s slippery, sophisticated films and videos reflect upon contemporary Israeli culture, the ideas and rituals that bind its citizens together, […]

Radical Closure

Thursday, March 3, 6:00 pm Posthumous (Ghassan Salhab, 2007). Courtesy the Video Data Bank. Curated by Lebanese video artist Akram Zaatari (who presented a program of his own works at CATE in Fall 2006), Radical Closure brings together documentaries, independent films, and video art from the Middle East and Europe produced in response to war, […]

Omer Fast: Recent Works

Thursday, October 23, 6pm | Omer Fast in person! Omer Fast, The Casting (2007). Image courtesy of the artist. The provocative, whip-smart work of Berlin-based artist Omer Fast is garnering international acclaim, and with good reason. Showcasing an incisive eye, sharp technique and keen wit, Fast’s videos and installations of funeral directors, Colonial Williamsburg re-enactors, […]

The Speculative Archive

Thursday, November 1, 2007, 6pm | Julia Meltzer and David Thorne in person! Speculative Archive, We Will Live To See These Things… (2007). Image courtesy of the artists. The effects of state secrets and political uncertainty are at the center of LA-based artist-duo The Speculative Archive’s (Julia Meltzer and David Thorne) work. The two create […]

Akram Zaatari: This Day

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 6pm Akram Zaatari in person! In 1982, 16-year-old Akram Zaatari watched the Israeli invasion of southern Lebanon from his balcony in Saida, documenting the bombings in a diary of snapshots. The resulting images—at once beautiful and terrifying—make up his stunning 2004 video Saida, June 6, 1982 and have haunted his work […]

My Land Zion

Thursday, October 27, 2005, 6pm Yulie Cohen Gerstel in person! A sixth generation Israeli, Yulie Cohen Gerstel has been directing and producing poignant documentaries over the span of three decades and is the Head of the Forum of Israeli Documentary Filmmakers. In this courageous and provocative personal essay Gerstel challenges the myths of Zionism and […]