Spanish artist Laida Lertxundi visits CAST for a screening of five of her short films, followed by a Q&A. Film Club will present Footnotes to a House of Love, 2007, Cry When It Happens, 2010, The Room Called Heaven, 2012, Vivir para Vivir [Live to Live], 2015 and 025 Sunset Red, 2016. Shot primarily on 16mm in and around Los Angeles, where Lertxundi lives and works, all of these extraordinary works explore their own materiality and the process of making film using non-actors, landscapes and sounds.
Lertxundi’s most recent work 025 Sunset Red, shot in locations across California is, in the artist’s words, ‘a kind of quasi-autobiographical reckoning’. She describes the film as ‘a diaphanous, psychedelic foray into the domestic and the political, looking at ways that politics may erupt, shape a life, form a sensibility, and become inscribed upon a body’.
Born in Bilbao in 1981, Laida Lertxundi studied with filmmakers Peter Hutton and Peggy Ahwesh at Bard College and with James Benning and Thom Andersen at the California Institute of the Arts. She now teaches film and video in the Fine Art program at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Her work is screened internationally in festivals and galleries, most recently in the Made in L.A. Biennial at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016); Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (2015); Al’s Grand Hotel, Frieze Projects, New York, 2014; LIAF, Biennial, Norway (2013); the Lyon Biennale (2013); the Whitney Biennial (2012); Toronto International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam.
We are very pleased to welcome Laida Lertxundi to Cornwall whilst she is in the UK. Prior to her visit to CAST, these five films will be screened at Tate Modern and the artist will be leading a workshop entitled Landscape Plus with LUX in London.
CAST Café will serve food from 6.30pm, something hot and something sweet for £6.
The public programme at CAST is supported by Arts Council England, as part of the Groundwork programme 2016-18, which has been awarded Ambition for Excellence funding. Ambition for Excellence is a new programme aimed at stimulating and supporting ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England. The fund aims to have significant impact on the growth of an ambitious international-facing arts infrastructure, especially outside London.
CAST Film Club programme is curated by Kelly Taylor.