Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski
5 seasons behind the sun
From November 15, 2018 to January 26, 2019
Opening on November 15 at 7 pm
Production-dissemination residency in collaboration with PRIM
Here, we are looking at notions of transmission, from the most elementary sense of “transmitting a message”, right up to its various technological manifestations. Amanda Dawn Christie, Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski, and Thomas Kneubühler treat the importance of means of communication — of transmitting — on both the geopolitical and human levels. By taking as our anchor point the word transmit, whose etymology is closer to pathway than it is to send, we can also consider terms such as transfer, transcribe, transit, transpose and ultimately transform, and thereby examine how movements in time and space act on those who experience them.
Four individuals who share only their friendship with Omar Elhamy are gathered together to create a play. Writing and staging various aspects of their personal stories, the protagonists transmit and translate their experiences of displacement while negotiating their cultural and linguistic differences. 5 seasons behind the sun documents both the creative process and the final play for the theater.
Originally from Egypt, Omar Elhamy is a filmmaker, director and editor living and working in Montréal, since 2011. His work investigates experimental methodologies and collaborative practices. His short fiction films include Pariah (2015) and Aquarium (2014), and have been shown in Canada and internationally.
Casper Wolski is a filmmaker and video artist based in Montréal. Drawing images from a multitude of digital sources his approach to video and filmmaking is investigated through performance and installation. He has shown video installations at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art (Winnipeg, 2016) and Centre DAÏMÔN (Gatineau, 2016) and has collaborated on several other film and video installation projects as a cinematographer and screenplay writer.
5 seasons behind the sun (2018)
Three screen HD video installation
Screen 1 — 25 min. / Screens 2 & 3 — 592 min.
Meet the artists
Omar Elhany & Casper Wolski
On November 24, 2018 from 2 pm to 4 pm
In the context of their exhibition 5 seasons behind the sun, artists Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski will be in the gallery to speak with the public and answer questions. Swing by Dazibao to see the exhibition and meet the artists in an informal setting!
Bringing together thinkers who study, use and critic communication and information technologies, this conversation will extend the research done by the artists, Amanda Dawn Christie, Omar Elhamy & Casper Wolski and Thomas Kneubühler, in their respective works.
Dazibao receives financial support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and the Ville de Montréal.