Join us at A.I.R. for Hybrid Documentary (blurring the real and the imaginary), a conversation between photographer Maxine Henryson and filmmaker Shanti Thakur on Saturday, May 20th from 4:30-6pm.
Each artist will show excerpts from their work and discuss blurring the real and the imaginary in hybrid documentary projects.
Hybrid Documentary is being held in conjunction with Maxine Henryson’s second solo exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery Contrapuntal. The exhibition will be on view through May 21st.
Shanti Thakur's visually poetic films have screened at over 200 film festivals and museums around the world. Screenings include: Cannes Film Festival, Hamptons International Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film Festival, Flaherty Seminars and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Thakur’s films explore how we perceive each other and ourselves through the lens of history, memory and identity. Working easily between documentary, experimental and narrative modes, her films Red Tulips, A Story About Forgetting, Sky People, Kairos, Seven Hours to Burn, Two Forms, Circles and Domino have won 26 awards. Her films have broadcast on the Sundance Channel and PBS, as well as in 22 countries.
Be it short or feature length, she works as director, writer, editor and producer. Thakur has received support from the National Film Board of Canada, the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, the Independent Film Project (IFP) in New York and the Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She is Associate Professor in the MFA Program in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College, City University of New York.
Maxine Henryson photographs the atmospheres and color tonalities of contrasting cultural landscapes. She experiments through the lens creating a complex conjunction between personal (subjective) reality and transparent (observed) reality. Her projects trace evidence of divinity, rituals, memory, and history in the West and the East.
Henryson’s photographs are in numerous public and private collections around the world, including the former Celanese Photography Collection, Frankfurt; the Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; and the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, Vermont.
Recent solo exhibitions include Contrapuntal, currently showing at A.I.R. Gallery (2017) and Ujjayi’s Journey, A.I.R. Gallery, New York (2014). Her work has been exhibited internationally, selected group exhibitions include Unscharf, Nach Gerhard Richter at the Hamburger Kunsthalle (2011) as well as Marvelous Reality/Lo Real Maravilloso at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, and Lives of the Hudson at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York (both 2009). Her photography is the subject of three monographs: Ujjayi’s Journey (Kehrer, 2012), Red Leaves and Golden Curtains (Kehrer, 2007), and Presence (Artist Publications, 2003).
Maxine Henryson has been a member of A.I.R. Gallery, New York since 2012.