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2019 Images Festival Research Forum


Images Research Forum dates: 11 – 18 April 2019

Notification date: 01 March 2019

Support offered: Festival pass, $100 honorarium, accommodations for participants outside of Toronto

The Images Research Forum is an educational initiative that takes place during the 32nd edition of Images Festival. Understanding the need to support the creation and dissemination of critical thinking and dialogue, Images Festival is inviting participants to explore contemporary moving image culture within the context of the festival and with mentorship from leading international curators, artists, and researchers in the field.

Participants will be expected to attend seminar meetings and tours with the seminar leader and invited festival guests, in addition to as many festival screenings and events as possible. Proposed schedule below.

The Forum will culminate with a workshop at Gallery TPW where participants will share their collective conversations and burgeoning research with the public.

Successful applicants will be engaged in contemporary moving image culture in their own practice, through art-making, writing, curating, or academic pursuits. The festival will select 8-10 applicants to take part in the seminar. Indigenous peoples, Black people, people of colour, women, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people are encouraged to apply.

Participants will receive a $100 honorarium and a pass to attend the entire 2019 Images Festival. Accommodations will be provided for participants based outside of Toronto. Please note that participants coming from outside of Toronto are responsible for their own travel.

To apply, click this link:

The application form will ask for a:
– 100 word bio
– 350 word statement of intent
– Links to samples of work

For questions please contact

// Schedule //
First Meeting: Thursday, April 11th, 3pm
Second Meeting: Friday, April 12th, 3pm
Gallery Tour: Saturday, April 13th, 1pm
Brunch + Gallery Tour: April 14th, all-day
Third Meeting: Monday, April 15th, 3pm
Fourth Meeting: Tuesday, April 16th, 3pm
Public Forum: Wednesday, April 17th, 3pm

Seminar Leader:
Ekrem Serdar is the curator at Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center, where he is responsible for the organization’s exhibitions, public programming, and artist residencies. He is the recipient of a Curatorial Fellowship from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2017). His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, 5harfliler, among others. He is from Ankara, Turkey. This is his second year leading the Images Research Forum.

Images Research Forum is in partnership with the exhibition Four Waters: Deep Implicancy, co-presented by Images Festival, Gallery TPW and the Goethe-Institut. Additional support by Scarborough Pictures.

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