Posts Tagged: Film/Video

DESIblitz Q&A and Film Highlights

Free Booking essential  Over the past 8 months a team of journalists and filmmakers from  have been collecting personal stories from residents across Birmingham and the Black Country, capturing the real -life memories of those affected by the events of partition who made their new homes here. On the anniversary of the creation of Pakistan… Read more »

DESIblitz Documentary Screening

11am–5pm. Free Events Room Celebrating the 70th anniversary of India’s independence this documentary will reveal the influence this event has had on Birmingham and Black Country residents, highlighting the memories and impact it made on the Indian and Pakistani population already in Britain and those who decided to take up British residency. It also shows… Read more »

Kan Xuan

Ikon shows the first UK exhibition by renowned Chinese artist Kan Xuan (born 1972, Anhui province), presenting a wide selection of single screen video pieces made since the late 1990s. Refreshingly unpretentious and economical in style, with familiar subject matter, they are profoundly philosophical about the nature of human life. Kan Xuan’s work is often… Read more »

Exhibition review

By Carmen, Ikon Youth Programme member Set across three different rooms, the work of Dinh Q. Lê, Janet Mendelsohn and Kelly Mark is as diverse as it is connected. All three exhibitions focus on the contrasting relationship between the individual and the space they inhabit; whether this be natural, urban or psychological. Changing from a… Read more »

The Colony

Ikon, in collaboration with Artangel, presents The Colony (2016), a major new commission of video work by acclaimed Vietnamese artist Dinh Q. Lê. In three parts, featuring newly filmed footage, The Colony is loosely based on nineteenth century depictions of a cluster of islands off the west coast of Peru, rich in guano, a powerful fertilizer. Exploring the drama of absurdity,… Read more »

please return

First Floor Galleries and Tower Room Please note the Tower Room is only accessible via a number of steps Ikon presents a new exhibition of work by A K Dolven, one of Norway’s most prominent artists. Through a variety of media – painting, installation, film and sound – she is concerned essentially with the representation… Read more »


Second Floor Galleries This is the first solo exhibition of work by Nástio Mosquito, emerging to be one of the most exciting artists of his generation. Rooted in the broadcast industry, where Mosquito worked previously as director and cameraman, his artistic practice is extraordinary for its energy, intelligence and wit. It is as funny as… Read more »

Play Poland Film Festival

Play Poland Film Festival (27 September – 3 November) aims to promote contemporary Polish cinematography and help establish a strong position for Polish culture outside of Poland. The Festival presents a wide selection of documentary, fictional and animation films in venues across the city. As part of the festival Ikon hosts two days of… Read more »

And Europe Will Be Stunned

Ikon, in partnership with Artangel, presents And Europe Will Be Stunned (2007–2011), the film trilogy by Israeli artist Yael Bartana. Centred on the activities of The Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMiP), a political group founded by the artist, who call for the return of 3,300,000 Jews to the land of their forefathers, the films… Read more »

Cinémathèque de Tanger

Canalside, Brindleyplace, Birmingham As part of Yto Barrada’s exhibition at Ikon and in collaboration with Birmingham’s independent Flatpack Festival, Slow Boat opens as a cinematheque for three weekends during May and June. Reflecting Barrada’s work as founding director of Cinémathèque de Tanger, a rich programme of films is presented by Flatpack and members of Ikon’s… Read more »

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