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Brooklyn in Time monthly solo exhibition series: Us and Them – Rehana Esmail
Apr 26, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm| Free
The Hollows is pleased to present Us and Them, a video installation portraying the segregated lives of Bushwick’s residents. Through an observational filmmaking style, Rehana Esmail’s video installation captures everyday situations in Bushwick and bring the notion of bodily privileges to the surface. Bushwick’s segregation can be seen as an example of a larger global pattern in which the cycle of movement, migration, settlement, and displacement continue to shape our surrounding environments as well as our psychological perception of them. More than ever, we need to raise the question of how our own bodies contribute to this process. Through her two channel video installation of two contrasting spaces in Bushwick, Esmail exposes the normalized daily tensions and paradoxes produced by the presence and absence of privilege. A spatial experience is created where Bushwick’s segregated lives are compressed into one room.
Rehana Esmail is a Brooklyn based independent filmmaker and holds an M.A. degree from The New School. Her work ranges from poetic cinema to documentary filmmaking while having a particular interest in the relationship between cinema, philosophy and anthropology. She is currently working on her first feature documentary about a post disaster landscape and its impact on local communities in the northern areas of Pakistan.