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February 2, 2023 @ 7:00 pm February 23, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

Photo credit: Norman McLaren, Neighbours, 1952. Live action film, 8:08 minutes. Courtesy of NFB.

Key Frames presents contemporary film pieces selected in response to works on view at the Gallery. Exploring parallel themes, subjects, and contexts, these screenings invite audiences to see the meaningful dialogues taking place between Canadian artists and filmmakers today.

In its first iteration, this four-part film series draws on both animated and live-action shorts from the National Film Board collection to expand upon themes presented in the ongoing exhibition, TYRANNY.

In examining issues and concerns that are intertwined with the systems of influence, authority, and control, this permanent collection exhibition brings a fresh outlook on today’s society and political landscape to the forefront. Through the critical frame of their work, the artists in TYRANNY highlight art’s ability to give voice, raise awareness, and challenge the status quo.

Key Frames presents a response to the practices of four artists currently on view in TYRANNY reflecting their timely and universal themes and connecting them with the wider cultural discourses being held by talented filmmakers across Canada.

Thursday, February 2nd – Key artist: Lucie Chan
In her multi-layered, multi-dimensional practice, Lucie Chan makes heard the unspoken connections that bind us together. Moving, inspirational works from Canadian animators speak to themes of love, spontaneity, and family.

Thursday, February 9th –  Key artist: John Scott
Through his striking work, John Scott illuminated a dark world where chaos and control blend in unexpected ways. Incisive, insightful works from Canadian filmmakers explore notions of survival, civilization, and transformation.

Thursday, February 16th –  Key artist: Garry Neill Kennedy
In his trailblazing career, Garry Neill Kennedy shaped conceptual art in Canada with his keen gaze into the systems of authority that surround us. Canadian filmmakers tell intuitive stories about warfare, isolation, and resilience.

Thursday, February 23rd – Key artist: Camille Turner
Through heroic performance works, Camille Turner tells stories from our ignoble history to shed light on truths that resonate in the present. Imaginative Canadian filmmakers explore ideas surrounding accountability, progress, and the importance of perspective.

This film series is presented in partnership with 

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