SESSION: Jean-Paul Kelly

14 October 2018 12pm - 3pm

Considering The Fine Thread of Deviation, artist Jean-Paul Kelly will lead a SESSION that regards the purposeful abstraction of historical material as a means to defamiliarize the primacy of retroactive sense: Using his own research and forthcoming projects related to the ethics of queer aesthetics in the work of American writer and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), Kelly will engage Low’s and William’s project by contemplating Martha Rosler’s sober reflection “[w]ith the passage of time, specificity fades and projection more easily does its work.”

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Jean-Paul Kelly makes videos and exhibitions that pose questions about the limits of representation by examining complex associations in the production, reception and circulation of documentary material. Recent solo exhibitions have been presented at Delfina Foundation, London (2016); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (2014); Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto (2013); and Gallery TPW, Toronto (2008). Kelly’s work has been included in group exhibitions at Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, Saint-Jérôme (2016); CGP London: Dilston Grove (2016); Oakville Galleries (2015); Mercer Union, Toronto (2014); and The Power Plant, Toronto (2013). Screenings include: Canada House, London (2016); Courtisane Festival, Ghent (2016); Vdrome; TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto (2015); Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York (2014); International Film Festival Rotterdam (2013); New York Film Festival (2013); and Toronto International Film Festival (2012). He has held artist residencies at the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York (2016) and Delfina Foundation, London (2015), and was a guest artist at the the 2018 Brakhage Center Symposium and the 2013 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. In 2015, Kelly received the Images Festival Award and, in 2014, the Kazuko Trust Award from the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


SESSION is made possible with Leading Support from TD Bank Group