TORONTO April 20 to 27
Images director Amy Fung discusses the festival’s 30th-anniversary theme and programming in light of conversations about inclusivity in Toronto.
AMY FUNG: Toronto prides itself on its diversity, but structurally it’s still a very white city. In Images’s office, none of us are from here, and most of our communities aren’t either. So with our unofficial theme, “The Toronto we know,” we wanted to examine where we are in the city’s landscape.
Being the 30th anniversary, we’re asking: who are our peers? Who are the people we communicate with and want to communicate with? With the festival format, we have the privilege and the responsibility to spotlight artists. This year, we chose Deirdre Logue, who’s more known as a cultural worker, an arts administrator and a staunch advocate for artist fees—but she’s been making work for more than 25 years. We need to support the arts administrators who are also artists, because artist-run culture is built on artists doing administration to help other artists.
Isaac Julien showed his earliest work here 30 years ago, but for some reason, while he became internationally respected, our dialogue about him here didn’t continue. We’re showing his earliest work: unfortunately still very relevant in terms of addressing police brutality against black communities. He’s working at the intersection of blackness and queerness; usually it’s just one or the other. People have been talking about this for decades, but no one’s paid attention. It’s a question of who controls the media. We are bringing this back into the conversation, the things that have always been there.
Archival image of the audience at a showing of Tony Conrad’s The Flicker, at the Fourth New York Film Festival, Lincoln Centre, 1966 PHOTO ELLIOTT LANDY