For the December Now Showing, artist Patrick Staff presents Noski Deville's 1994 work Loss Of Heat, a magical realist portrayal of queer love, epilepsy and the relationship between the carer and the cared. The screening will also include text and video work in progress by Staff relating to their forthcoming solo exhibition Weed Killer, which will take place at MOCA, Los Angeles in 2017. Staff's recent work has explored illness and gender, and particularly the intersections of queer identity, cross-generational dialogue, and the fine line between states that both poison and nourish.
Cinenova: Now Showing began in March 2015 and runs monthly. The series intends to materialise relationships between contemporary artist moving image practice and the feminist and organising legacies present in the Cinenova collection.
Now Showing future invited protagonists include: Kathryn Elkin, Letitia Beatriz, Olivia Plender, Charlotte Prodger and more to be announced.
Past events have been with Nooshin Farhid and Lis Rhodes; Rehana Zaman and Lai Ngan Walsh & the Law Collective; Lucy Clout, Tracey Moffatt and Susan Stein; Cara Tolmie, Kimberley O'Neill and France-Lise McGurn, Judith Barry and Ruth Novaczek; Justice for Domestic Workers and Leeds Animation Co-op; Claire Hope and Judith Barry; Lucy Parker and Adriana Monti; Kate Davis, Margaret Salmon and Sheffield Film Co-op; Richard John Jones and Karen Everett; Grace Schwindt and Kim Longinotto, Evan Ifekoya, Ayoka Chenzira, Amanda Holiday, Catherine Saalfield and Julie Tolentino, Kari Robertson and Judith Barry.
Noski Deville is a celebrated cinematographer, and is well known from her work with internationally acclaimed Visual Artists, including; Jananne Al-Ani, Isaac Julien, Steve McQueen, Alia Syed, and Daria Martin. She is committed to education and training in film having over the past 15 years lectured and technically tutored cinematography and filmmaking at a number of institutions including; Goldsmiths College, The Slade, University of London, Four Corners, Sankofa Black Film & Video Workshop, and the London Filmmakers Co-Op. Deville's films Loss of Heat (1994) and The Story So Far (1994, with Rif Sharif) are part of the Cinenova archive.
Patrick Staff is an interdisciplinary artist who works with film, installation, dance and performance to investigate dissent, labour and the queer body. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Chisenhale, London, UK; Spike Island, Bristol, UK; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada. Their first US solo exhibition, Weed Killer, will take place at MOCA Los Angeles in 2017 and is commissioned by MOCA, Los Angeles and produced by Spike Film and Video