Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Brazilian filmmaker to debut three-panel “IMMERSION”

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Brazilian filmmaker to debut three-panel
art installation/documentary film
709 Penn Gallery
April 24- May 23, 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA: Adriana Babinski will unveil her film entitled, “Immersion” at The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s 709 Penn Gallery on Thursday, April 23, 2009. The film documents Babinski’s journeys to China and Brazil. The film also included footage shot in Washington, DC, and Pittsburgh. The exhibition is presented by The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with support from the Multicultural Arts Initiative.

Babinski categorizes the piece as a “Mirrored” documentary art installation. The final work actually represents three films focusing on each country. Each work will be projected simultaneously and individually on three panels. The filmmaker intends the audience to be immersed in this visual information arena.

Babinski notes, “I like the idea of exploring the ‘sense’ of urban people as they conduct their everyday urban lives and deal with urban events. There are obvious differences in the people that I filmed, but I discovered compelling similarities as well in the time I filmed in the three countries. Common Grounds, but worlds apart.”

In a time of culture crises, Babinski’s work personifies the ethical, religious and economy divides. “This piece is an uplifting reminder of our collective oneness. In a world where people are often divided by borders of geography, race, economics, religion and politics, it is easy to lose sight of what we all have in common,” Babinski adds.

Adriana Babinski has lived in Pittsburgh since 2001. She is a graduate of Art Education and Drama in Brazil. In Pittsburgh she is a graduate of Film from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Recently she has been teaching at Pittsburgh Filmmakers as an assistant teacher for Film Production and working as independent film/ video artist. She has been awarded by Multicultural Arts Initiative- mcai 2008 Grant/ Pittsburgh First Works Grant 2007/ Pittsburgh Filmmakers Eastman Kodak Award. Babinski has exhibited regionally and internationally.

709 Penn Gallery is located on 709 Penn Ave/ Cultural District. Pittsburgh
Opening Night Reception / April 24th - 5:30 to 8pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday thru Thursday 11am – 6pm; Friday & Saturday 11am – 8pm

IMMERSION exhibition is sponsored by MCAI and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


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