Courtesy: Onassis Foundation
The Onassis Foundation will premiere a newly commissioned collection of new short films at the New Museum. This screening is part of its city-wide, multi-venue celebration, “Archive of Desire”: A Festival Inspired by the Poet C. P. Cavafy, curated by composer Paola Prestini, under the creative direction of Afroditi Panagiotakou.
The screening comprises a series of visual poems that explore the cinematic power of the famed poet’s writings, and features artists such as Taylor Mac, Julianne Moore, Carl Hancock Rux with Daniel Bernard Roumain, Bora Yoon, and Jeffrey Zeigler. Visual Cavafy also showcases the work of directors Evi Kalogiropoulou, Elena Park, and Christos Sarris in collaboration with incarcerated individuals in Greece; creators Jad Abumrad and Mac Premo; and filmmakers/ editors Justin Ervin, Steven E. Mallorca and Pete Scalzitti. These films include works created both in New York, conceived and produced by Elena Park/Lumahai Productions, and in Greece by the team at Onassis Stegi.
This screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Jad Abumrad, Elena Park, Christos Sarris, and Evi Kalogiropoulou, and creative contributor Carl Hancock Rux.
Learn more about the festival at cavafyfestival.onassis.org.
This program has reached capacity.
Can’t make it to the premiere? All the Visual Cavafy films will be played on loop in the New Museum Theater on May 5 and 6; free with Museum admission! Learn more about those screenings here.
The program will be presented onsite at the New Museum. Vaccination and masks are strongly recommended, but not required. Please review the New Museum’s COVID guidelines in advance of your visit.
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Films were produced in New York by Lumahai Productions: Elena Park, Creative Director & Executive Producer; Nicole Potter, Producer; Paola Prestini, “Archive of Desire” Cavafy Festival Curator and Creative Advisor; and Jocelyn Clarke, Creative Advisor.
A poet of the in-between, Constantine P. Cavafy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1863 to Greek parents from Constantinople, Turkey, and inhabited a fluid cross-cultural existence that strongly influenced his writing. Cavafy spent most of his life in Alexandria where he lived in a neighborhood of intersecting walks of life—and his work mirrors the vibrancy and tensions of the worlds mingling outside his door. Cavafy’s poetry is marked by a pervasive sense of liminality: his language can be idiosyncratic, playful, and modern to the point of being prosaic, yet also nostalgic. His poetry often references Greek history and mythology, yet he is a monumental figure of modernism—his works offer viewpoints that transcend their time and resonate today. Cavafy’s poetry was a safe haven for him to explore his queer identity, sometimes explicitly, sometimes in more coded language.
The mission of the Onassis Foundation, founded by Aristotle Onassis in 1975, will always be human-centric; to create the conditions, explore the ideas, and spark the discussions that lead to a better society.
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