Join Factory Media Centre and the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre (WAHC) to celebrate May Day with Other forms of being equal, a screening event and artist talk with artist Jorge Lozano.
From April 30-May 3, 2021, five of Lozano’s short films will be screened online and at Factory Media Centre’s street-level rear projection screen from 6-10 PM each evening.
These films will be viewable May Day weekend, April 30th – May 3rd online and viewable outdoors at 228 James Street North, Hamilton, ON, L8R 2L3, best viewed between 6-10 pm.
Also join us online May 1, 4:00-6:00 pm for a conversation between Jorge Lozano and media artists John Isaiah Edward Hill and Jessica A. Rodríguez. This conversation will be streamed live via Factory Media Centre’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/tfhmac
About the event
This May Day screening features works by Jorge Lozano (Governor General’s Award Recipient, 2020) that draw on unfinished conversations begun on the picket line, the slow burn of social change, and slogans from past May Day demonstrations.
His works employ what he refers to as a visual poetics of the streets, where he reflects on the intersections of race, class, and gender in considering who is permitted to participate in society, which lives are prioritized, and which are systematically overlooked.
He pays particular attention to the presence of racialized and precarious workers and his lived experience informs his deeply thoughtful and politically charged video works.
About the artist and speakers
Jorge Lozano has been working as a film and video artist for the last 20 years and has achieved national and international recognition. His fiction films have been exhibited at the Toronto International Film Festival and at the Sundance Film Festival amongst others. His experimental work has been exhibited at many international festivals and galleries. He has expanded his practice to the organization of many cultural and art events, the creation of aluCine, Toronto Latin Media Festival, and facilitating self-representations video workshops for marginalized Latin and non-Latin youth in Canada since 1991, Colombia 2005-2009, and Venezuela 2005.
Jessica A. Rodríguez is a multimedia artist, designer and researcher. She is currently completing a doctorate program in Communications, New Media, and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Her practice and research projects focus on audiovisual practices such as visual music, electronic literature, video experimentation, sound art, visualization/sonification, live coding, among others, collaborating with composers, writers, designers, and other visual artists. She is co-founder of andamio.in, a collaboration platform that uses digital and analogue technologies to explore with text, visuals, and audio. She is also part of RGGTRN, a collective that engages in algorithmic dance music and audiovisual improvisation informed by Latinx experiences.
John Isaiah Edward Hill is an Oneida artist and poet from Hamilton, Ontario. He holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Indigenous Studies and English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University. His favourite mediums are sound, film, collage, and the zine. His work deals with themes related to his Haudenosaunee heritage, queer identity, and his working-class roots. John uses he and they pronouns.
About the organizations
This program is co-presented by Factory Media Centre and Workers Arts and Heritage Centre.
The Factory Media Centre is a not-for-profit artist-driven resource centre dedicated to the production and promotion of creatively diverse forms of independent films, videos, and other streaming multimedia art forms. Our mission is to develop and support a vibrant, sustainable, creative, and diverse community of members within Hamilton and its surrounding region, who are involved or interested in the art, the craft, and the technologies, of motion picture media. We also provide access to facilities, equipment, peer resources and educational initiatives to the community of time-based visual artists, as well as to the community at large.
Contact: Kristina Durka, Operations Coordinator
Launched by a dynamic group of labour historians, artists, unions and community activists, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre (WAHC) was created to address the need for a place where workers’ history and culture could be celebrated. In 1995, the Workers Arts and Heritage Centre opened the doors of its permanent home, the historic Custom House in Hamilton’s North End. As a community museum and arts centre, WAHC provides an array of exhibitions, educational programs, guided tours, online exhibits and events within our community. WAHC is also home to a contemporary gallery, which shows work by local and national artists that address the diverse histories and cultures of all working people.
WAHC wishes to acknowledge the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Hamilton, the Province of Ontario, CUPE, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, and the Canada Council for the Arts for their support of our exhibitions and ancillary programs.