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Heather Lenz and Ai Weiwei in Art Basel’s Line Up of Film and Video Works

A still from Ai Weiwei's "Human Flow"
(Courtesy: 2017 Powster)

Art Basel will be screening a premiere program of 16 film and video works, each presented by the art fair’s participating galleries.

Curated for the fourth consecutive year by Cairo-based film curator Maxa Zoller, this film program will include a special screening of Heather Lenz's “Kusama -Infinity” (2018) selected by New York-based film curator Marian Masone along with works by Ai Weiwei, Kudzanai Chiurai, Ra di Martino, Douglas Gordon, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Hiwa K, William Kentridge, and Xu Bing among others.

“This year's program seeks to ascribe new meanings to found footage within filmmaking as well as bring together leading artists from across the world, with a strong focus on South Africa,” says Art Basel.

The program will feature works like “Dragonfly Eyes,” the first feature film by Beijing-based artist Xu Bing, who is best known for his installations and calligraphic work. “The film is entirely composed of CCTV footage, which the artist and his team analyzed in detail. From the seemingly random surveillance footage, a narrative begins to emerge: a love story between a former Buddhist nun and a worker at a dairy farm,” writes the event’s press release.

Ai Weiwei's "Human Flow," will also be screened. It is a documentary that follows a chain of human stories stretching across the globe in countries including Bangladesh, France, Greece, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, and Turkey. Lynn Hershman Leeson's "Conceiving Ada" will feature Tilda Swinton as Ada Lovelace, a 19th century mathematician who is considered to have written the first computer program.

Founded in 1970 by gallerists from Basel, Art Basel today stages the world's premier art shows for Modern and contemporary art, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. Art Basel’s engagement has expanded beyond art fairs through a number of new initiatives. In 2014, Art Basel launched its Crowdfunding Initiative which catalyzed much-needed support for outstanding non-commercial art projects worldwide and helped garner pledges in excess of USD 2 million in support of around 70 art projects from around the globe — from Bogota to Ho Chi Minh City, San Jose, and Kabul. For Art Basel Cities, launched in 2016, Art Basel is working with selected partner cities to develop vibrant and content-driven programs specific to the individual city. Connecting them to the global art world through Art Basel's expertise and network, Art Basel Cities supports its partners to develop their unique cultural landscape.

The fair will take place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018.

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