Daniel Garber talks with curator Jon Davies about Conundrum Clinique at Images Film Festival
Hi this is Daniel Garber at the Movies for culturalmining.com and CIUT 89.5 fm.
A place like Toronto is known for its reputation. Migrants from farms and small-towns and far-away countries flock here to recreate themselves as someone richer, more attractive, more famous and talented. Their new images are reinforced through fancy condos new cars, hairstyles and fashions. It is plastered on TV in movies, online, and in advertisements. But where does a facade end and reality begins?
A new collection of films called Conundrum Clinique examines Toronto’s invented images and facades as viewed in 1975 and today. It’s a world of collapsing castles, flashing lights, and real estate ventures lighter than air. It includes work by Janis Cole and Holly Dale, Oliver Husain, Robin Colyer and many others. Conundrum Clinique is the work of award-winning Toronto curator Jon Davies and has its world premiere on Saturday as part of the Images Film Festival.
Jon tears off Toronto’s cultural façades and examines them. I spoke to him in studio at CIUT.