Your Ecstatic Self (New Commissions)
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Your Ecstatic Self is one of four New Commissions in the ICO’s 2020 national film tour, Second Sight.
Your Ecstatic Self is a conversation unfolding in a car with Sajid, the artist’s brother. As the journey progresses Sajid discusses his engagement with the philosophy and practice of Tantra, having spent the majority of his 44 years as a strict Sunni Pakistani Muslim. Placing the idiosyncrasies of western fetishism towards eastern philosophical traditions alongside cultural orthodoxies and ancestral knowledge, Your Ecstatic Self takes up multifaceted expressions of desire, intimacy and sexual agency.
About the Second Sight New Commissions
In association with LUX, the ICO presents four new moving image commissions from artists Ayo Akingbade, B.O.S.S. Collective, Morgan Quaintance and Rehana Zaman. These films are part of the ICO’s 2020 national film tour Second Sight which explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK Black Film Workshop Movement which developed throughout the 1980s. The films are bookable as a 73 minute programme or individually.
About the artist
Rehana Zaman (b. Heckmondwike) is an artist based in London. She works predominantly with moving image to examine how social dynamics are produced and performed. Her work speaks to the entanglement of personal experience and social life, where intimacy is framed against the hostility of state legislation, surveillance and control. Recent and upcoming solo commissions include Serpentine Projects, London, UK (2019); Liverpool Biennial 2018, Liverpool, UK and CCA, Glasgow, UK (2018). Her films and installations have been shown at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018, India; Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Berwick Upon Tweed; Sheffield Doc/Fest; ICA Miami, USA; SAVAC, Canada; Oberhausen Film Festival, Germany; ICA London and Bétonsalon Paris. In 2019 she co-edited Tongues with Taylor Le Melle; a collection of writing emerging from her solo exhibition at CCA Glasgow published by PSS and also curated The Range; a group exhibition at Eastside Projects, Birmingham.