New Films & Photoworks
April26 – June 21, 2008
Talwar Gallery is pleased to present two new films and photoworks by Alia Syed. The works will be on view from April 26 through June 21, 2008.
The new film Priya, shot on 16mm, observes from overhead a woman in a rapturous dance. The woman’s white dress swirls in the air as her raised arms circle past the screen, setting the steady pace of her dizzying, hypnotic whirl. Loud colors and lights pulsate over her in an unmitigated frenzy, suggesting the ecstatic vertigo that she feels in her dance.
Priya and the photographic series of the same name are created from 16mm film that has been buried in Syed’s garden, wrapped in combinations of leaves, earth and bio degradable waste from her kitchen. This collaboration with nature and time has contributed and erased, producing the unexpected. The dark and evocative works are the traces left from repeated entombments, subtly suggesting past histories and visualizing time and memory. Above all, Syed is a storyteller, and her unconventional style creates a distance from the viewer that is imperative to her filmmaking, as it provides space for her to experiment and us to discover.
In A Story Told (2006), a multiple projection installation reworked in an exciting new interactive form recalls a love story. On screen, cars abstract into revolving patterns of light which dissolves into static, as her soft voice narrates in isolated poetic verses, interwoven with the sounds of cars and footsteps. Breaking apart traditional narrative, her subversive approach is extremely seductive.
Alia Syed is currently a research fellow at Southampton Solent University where she recently pursued her Arts & Humanities Research Council Award. Syed completed her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of East London in 1987 and Postgraduate degree from Slade School in 1992. While pursuing experimental filmmaking over the last decade and a half, Syed had also taught and lectured at Central St. Martins (1992, 93, 97 and 2001), Glasgow School of Art (1994) and Chelsea School of Art (1996-2000). Syed’s work has been shown at institutions worldwide; Arrows of Desire (1991) at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London; 25 years of British Avant Garde at Tate Gallery, London (1991); Beyond Destination at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK (1994); Performing Bodies at Tate Modern, London, UK (2000) ; Personal Space, A Century of Artists’ Films in Britain at Tate Britain, London (2003); British Art Show 6, Hayward Gallery, London, UK (2005); XV Sydney Biennale, Sydney, Australia (2006). In 2002 a major retrospective, Jigar, showcasing selected film works of Alia Syed was organized by inIVA, London, UK travelling to Glasgow Museum of Modern Art (GOMA), in Glasgow, Scotland, The New Art Gallery in Walsall, UK and Turnpike Gallery, Manchester, UK.
Alia Syed lives and works in London, U.K.
For further information, please call the gallery at (212) 673-3096.