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Isaac Julien, Who Killed Colin Roach?, 1983. Courtesy of the artist.

April 20 - 27, 2017

The 30th annual Images Festival takes place April 20- 27, 2017 across Toronto, presenting work that counters dominant mainstream narratives and provides alternative ways of thinking and seeing that expands the understanding of media art. The festival includes eight days of screenings, events, performance, and exhibitions, featuring over 80 different moving image works!

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Nicolás Pereda and Andrea Bussmann, Tales of Two Who Dreamt, 2016. Courtesy of the artist.

Tales of Two Who Dreamt
Nicolás Pereda and Andrea Bussmann

Thursday April 20, 7PM
Royal Cinema, 608 College St.
$15 general admission
$10 students, seniors, underemployed ticket price includes access to
Opening Performance of Bläue/Blueness by Kerstin Schroedinger

Making its Toronto premiere, Tales of Two Who Dreamt marks the return of Nicolás Pereda and Andrea Bussmann with their first collaborative feature. Centred around an asylum-seeking Hungarian family awaiting their Canadian residency status, this experimental narrative takes an exceptionally imaginative and humanist approach to the act of personal storytelling.

Opening Night Performance
Bläue/Blueness by Kerstin Schroedinger
Niagara Custom Lab, 10PM

Followed by Opening Night Dance Party with DJ Raf Reza!!

The Activist Cinema of Isaac Julien

Friday April 21, 7PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
$12 general admission
$6 student, senior, underemployed


Who Killed Colin Roach? (1983)

Territories (1984)

Before becoming one of Britain’s most celebrated artists and an international art world powerhouse, Isaac Julien began his career in the early 80s with the Sankofa Film and Video Collective. Realizing the power and potential of the moving image to empower and mobilize the masses, Sankofa was dedicated to developing a uniquely British and independent black film culture in the areas of production, exhibition, and audience. Growing in prominence alongside the rise of the Black Audio Film Collective (whose members included John Akomfrah—Images Festival’s opening night 2012), this era of black British film and video artists emerged out of sheer political will, centreing the investigation and articulation of contemporary black identities and cultures from the ground up. For our 30th anniversary, we shine a special international spotlight on Julien’s earliest works, which unfortunately remain prescient as ever.

After the screening, please join lawyer Anthony Morgan and writer Yaniya Lee in conversation.

Deirdre Logue

Saturday April 22, 7PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
$15 general admission
$10 students, seniors, underemployed

As an analogous iteration more akin to a floodlight, the 2017 Canadian Artist Spotlight on Deirdre Logue will be turned over completely to other voices to shine beyond the singular artist persona working within a community. While taking up space across three gallery exhibitions, Logue will also be giving up space. This year’s spotlight will be given over to eight other artists to do whatever they choose—artists who have influenced her in her twenty-five years as an artist; artists who she has admired from afar, who she has argued with; and artists who have looked up to her, critiqued her, and followed her.

The 2017 Canadian Artist Spotlight features new works by Rita McKeough, Steve Reinke, Eleanor King, Adrienne Crossman, Serena Lee, Cait McKinney, Midi Onodera, and Erika DeFreitas.

Canadian Artist Spotlight related events:

Walking Tour // Daniella Sanader joins Deirdre Logue and curators of Gallery 44, A Space, and Tangled Art Gallery to guide a tour across 401 Richmond of Deirdre’s mid-career survey.
1:30 PM, A Space Gallery (meeting point)

Book Launch // Beyond Her Usual Limits: The Films and Videos of Deirdre Logue, 1997 to 2017; co-published by Oakville Galleries and Open Space Victoria.
3:00 PM, The Commons, 401 Richmond St. W.

Martine Syms, Incense, Sweaters, and Ice, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.

Incense, Sweaters, and Ice
Martine Syms

Thursday April 27, 7PM
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.
$15 general admission
$10 students, seniors, underemployed

Incense, Sweaters, and Ice is a new feature film inspired by the idea that anything one does while being watched is a performance. The film follows three protagonists—Mrs. Queen Esther Bernetta White, Girl, and WB (“whiteboy”)—as they navigate the dramas of surveillance, moving between looking, being looked at, and remaining unseen. How does the ever-present potential image affect the way we act and the way we see ourselves? By examining how cinema now happens in real time, Syms works between the documented and the live to find the lie.

Related event:

Images Research Forum with keynote by Martine Syms
Wednesday April 26, 1PM
Art Museum at University of Toronto

Los Angeles-based artist, publisher, and conceptual entrepreneur will be giving the keynote to our Research Forum, which will be followed by a series of panels by emerging artists and researchers related to contemporary moving image culture.


Advance Tickets are available online at starting on March 23, 2017. Tickets are also available on our Facebook page and Online Store.

Same Day Tickets will go on sale at the appropriate venue starting one hour before the event. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Become an Images member, support your favourite artist-run festival and get privileged access to our 2017 programming!

Individual Membership ONLY $75, and includes:

  • ONE Festival Pass
  • ONE limited edition Images Totes Bag
  • Preferred box office privileged (tickets reserved for members until 15mins before curtain)

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Images Festival would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, Telefilm Canada, Ontario Tourism, and Goethe Institut.

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