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Gabriela MacLeod

2nd Year, Film Production
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Biography

I explore cinema because of its embodied affect and the experience of cinema spectatorship’s resemblance to dreams. I like to turn things inside out and illustrate the unseen. I love genre film, but vacillate and mix my absurd narratives projects with formal explorations. I play in the space between figurative and abstract to create brainteasers we understand enough to want to put it together, but the elements never quite add up. The viewer is encouraged to question my surrealist propositions, as I propose films that avoid fixed meanings preferring the ambiguous and divisive. I work in-between spaces looking to bring subvert perceived binary such as biological/digital, inside/outside, mind/body, material/conceptual, attraction/disgust, bad/good taste. The resulting projects are stylized, saturated, camp, visceral and psychedelic films.

Statement

We're all in this together was not my observation. One friend broke down on a video-call because of her child demands for attention would not end. Another friend showed me the fire and dog at her parent's cottage where she had escaped to.Through the screen of our computers, we peaked into each other's lives so far away from each other regardless of the distance between us. Our lives were being flipped around, but in different ways. I cast this out to the sea of the world wide web, instead of a rainbow, to let others know that regardless of what may be in the future, today many of us were not okay. Weeks later, someone asked me whether I could add problems of sharing a bag of chips, but we were not sharing chips back then. It is no longer a screen to a different place and set of circumstances, but also to a very specific time when I was overwhelmed with myself.

Dirty Talk (2020)
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Dirty Talk (2020)
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