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Art Lovers Movie Club: Poulomi Basu & CJ Clarke, ‘Fireflies’

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Welcome to Art Lovers Movie Club, where you’ll find a selection of artists’ videos available exclusively online at artreview.com.

Crash landed and alone, an astronaut is confronted by the ghosts of their past as they struggle for survival on an inhospitable planet that appears to be sentient. From the claustrophobia of the home, through to dreams of escape and transcendence, this is a cybernetic feminist work lingering on the fragility of time and our earthly insignificance when contrasted against the celestial wonder of the natural world. Originally presented as a two channel video installation with immersive soundscape, it is here presented in a dual screen format for an online audience.

About the artists

Poulomi Basu (b. 1983, India) has become widely known for her influential photographic projects Blood Speaks, Centralia, and To Conquer Her Land, to name a few. Her first photobook Centralia was published by Dewi Lewis in 2020. The book and exhibition won the 2020 Rencontres d’Arles Discovery Award Jury Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Basu is a Sundance Fellow, National Geographic Explorer, and Magnum Foundation Social Justice Fellow. Her works are part of public collections, including Autograph, London (UK); Martin Parr Foundation (UK); Museum of Modern Art (Special Collections) (US); Rencontres d’Arles (FR); Victoria and Albert Museum (UK), amongst others.

CJ Clarke is a British independent filmmaker and photographer and producer. He is the author of the acclaimed award-winning book Magic Party Place, that documents contemporary England and maps the roots of Brexit in the process.

Screening dates:
Poulomi Basu & CJ Clarke, Fireflies, 2022
21 June – 12 July 2022

Previous films in Art Lovers Movie Club include Luis Roque’s Heaven, screened 18–25 March 2020; Wong Ping’s An Emo Nose (2015), screened 26–31 March 2020; Laure Prouvost’s Shed A Light (2018), screened 2–9 April 2020; Alex Da Corte’s TRUƎ LIFƎ and BAD LAND (2017), screened 9–15 April 2020; Stine Deja’s 4K ZEN (2017), screened 17–23 April 2020; Daniel Steegmann Mangrané’s Fog Dog, screened 24–30 April 2020; Ivens Machado’s Versus (1974), screened 11–19 May 2020; Roger Hiorns’s BENIGN (2005), screened 15–21 May 2020; Jennet Thomas’s ANIMAL CONDENSED>>ANIMAL EXPANDED#2 (2018), screened 5–12 June 2020; Larry Achiampong’s The Expulsion (2019), screened 12-22 June 2020; Shezad Dawood’s Leviathan Cycle (2017-2018), screened 21 May–26 June 2020; Heman Chong’s Changi Airport Terminal 3 (Singapore Circuit Breaker Day 10, 16 April 2020) 4K 60 Binaural Walk 263 (2020), screened 26 June–3 July 2020; Berwick Street Film Collective’s Nightcleaners (1975), screened 3–17 July 2020; Tuan Andrew Nguyen’s We Were Lost in Our Country (2019), screened 17–31 July 2020; Grace Schwindt, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society (2014), screened 721 August 2020; Hayoun Kwon, 489 Years (2016), screened 2–16 October 2020; Tulapop Saenjaroen, People on Sunday (2019), screened 16 October–2 November 2020; Grada Kilomba, A World of Illusions (2017-2019), screened 4–25 November 2020; Shen Xin, Provocation of a Nightingale #1 (2017), screened 15 January – 8 February 2021; Charwei Tsai, Hear Her Singing (2017), screened 8 February – 1 March 2021; Gelare Khoshgozaran, Medina Wasl: Connecting Town (2018) and Men of My Dreams (2020), screened 2 – 23 March 2021; Lu Yang, Delusional Mandala (2015), Delusional Crime and Punishment (2016) and Delusional World (2020), screened 24 March – 14 April 2021; Xiaowen Zhu, Oriental Silk (2015), screened 23 April – 14 May 2021; Alia Ali, Mahjar (2020), screened 20 May – 10 June 2021; Chris Zhongtian Yuan, Wuhan Punk (2020), screened 11 June – 2 July 2021; Alberta Whittle, HOLDING THE LINE: a refrain in two parts (2021), screened 18 June – 17 July 2021; Maya Schweizer, Clemens von Wedemeyer, Metropolis. Report from China (2004-06), screened 13 July – 3 August 2021; Chim↑Pom, Black of Death (2013), screened 17 August – 7 September 2021; Richard Fung, Dirty Laundry (1996): screened 8 – 30 September 2021; Clarissa Tossin, Ch’u Mayaa (2017): screened 1–22 October 2021; Anand Patwardhan, Images you didn’t see (2006): screened 22 October – 12 November 2021; Shannon Te Ao, What was or could be today (again) (2019): screened 12 November – 3 December 2021; Forensic Oceanography, Liquid Traces – The Left-to-die Boat Case (2014): screened 9 February – 2 March 2022; Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Art Class (2020): 3–17 March 2022; Sooun Kim, Born Beneath (2021): 18 March – 8 April 2022; Farideh Sakhaeifar, Halabja, 1988 (2018): 11 April–2 May 2022; Vivian Caccuri & Gustavo von Ha, Vivian & Gustavo (2020): 3–17 May 2022; Luka Yuanyuan Yang, Tales of Chinatown (2019): 23 May – 13 June 2022.

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