Gabi Dao | 2018 | 8:08
Playfully collapsing the space between Hollywood Cinema and what Dao refers to as Domestic Cinema, The Protagonists explores the relationships between representation and reality. Motifs of a clumsy animatronic hand, colorful smoke bombs, a backyard garden, and a metronome become characters —protagonists, so to speak— in the deconstruction of filmic colonization.
Bio: Gabi Dao
Gabi Dao is an artist and co-organizer at Duplex, a DIY project space + studio collective based the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Her interdisciplinary practice insists on counter-memory, intimacy, hyphenation, multiple truths and blurred temporalities through the pursuit of sculpture, installation, moving image and sound. She prioritizes complications, questions and productive confusions against the aesthetic systems of homogeneity, complicity and control. Often, her work begins with interests in ‘patchwork’ conceptions of time and materiality, tracing histories of the everyday through themes of globalization, consumption, belief and belonging. She has shown her work at Kamias Triennale (Quezon City, Philippines) Unit 17, grunt gallery, Audain gallery, VIVO Media Arts Centre (Vancouver, Canada), Terrain Biennial (Los Angeles, US), Blinkers (Winnipeg, Canada), Images Festival (Toronto, Canada) and International Film Festival Rotterdam (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
Web site: https://www.gabidao.com