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Fern Silva

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JULY 3 – AUGUST 14, 2014

Fern Silva is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Moving Image in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He has made more than a dozen short films, experimenting with various documentary and narrative modes. His films have screened at festivals including Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, Edinburgh, Oberhausen, London and Media City and at other venues such as Anthology Film Archive, Gene Siskel Film Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, San Francisco Cinematheque, Museum of Art Lima, and the Museum of Modern Art P.S.1. He was listed as one of the Top 25 Filmmakers for the 21st Century in Film Comment Magazine’s Avant-Garde Filmmakers Poll and received the Gus Van Sant Award from the 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival. He holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA from Bard College.

“Fern Silva‘s framing and in-camera editing techniques create a unique visual and narrative logic in which time and space are of little concern. From such far-flung locals as France, Turkey, and Egypt come a kaleidoscopic array of images, each depicting some expansive landscape, city sprawl, or sociocultural ritual. The technique is jarring yet intriguingly rhythmic.” — Drew Hurst, Chicago Reader

“Fern Silva’s work emerges out of travel, presenting temporal and spatial transitions as conduits into the realms of the personal and ephemeral. Rather than focusing on one single perspective, his work moves through disparate moments to show commonality between beings and structures while exploring the effects of geography, climate and environment on social relations, communication, and the metaphysical.”
Henry Hills, FAMU Prague

Artist links

Artist website
Bad at Sports Interview

Workshops

MODES OF DOCUMENTARY: A FREE 16MM FILM PRODUCTION WORKSHOP WITH FERN SILVA

Oona Mosna

Jeremy Rigsby

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