Jennifer Dysart (Toronto)

  • August 13, 2015 – September 23, 2015

While she is in Winnipeg, Jennifer Dysart will be talking with people from the community of South Indian Lake about archival film footage that shows the community in 1969, prior to the flooding that destroyed the lake. In the original 16mm film, the community is reacting to the proposed hydro-electric project. Dysart will record reactions to the footage, and experiment with recording and layering of sound and image, shifting the line between truth and fiction. She says, “When we use technology to represent truth, that mimics the way the brain is a tool that functions equally to remember and to forget.”

  • Jennifer Dysart produces work that blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and imagination. At heart she is an experimental filmmaker, and yet recent film works are more traditional documentary and/or more traditionally fiction. She is Cree and Scottish-American on her father’s side and German-Canadian on her mother’s side. She grew up traveling a lot, which led to a somewhat unconventional upbringing. Perhaps in response, her work reflects interests in history, tradition and her mixed cultural lineage.