Ojibway filmmaker visits Grand Rapids and GVSU for public programs and future projects

September 25, 2017

Ojibway filmmaker visits Grand Rapids and GVSU for public programs and future projects

Ojibway filmmaker Adam Khalil visits Grand Rapids and GVSU for public programs and to conduct research for future projects. Khalil will present work done in collaboration with his brother Zack Khalil in two public programs: a Visiting Artist Lecture at GVSU in Allendale and a Screening and Discussion in Grand Rapids. Both events will focus on their film entitled, "INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]"

This is the first visiting artist program by the newly formed Department of Visual and Media Arts at Grand Valley State University, and is presented with the Office for Public Culture and the GVSU Kutsche Office for Local History.


Adam Khalil Visiting Artist Lecture
Monday, October 16 1:40PM
132 Lake Huron Hall, GVSU Allendale Campus
This lecture will focus on the Khalil's approach to research and collaborative creative process and will include selected excerpts from their films.


Film Screening and Discussion
Monday, October 16 6:30PM
Wealthy Theater,  1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI
This will be a screening of "INAATE/SE/ [it shines a certain way. to a certain place./it flies. falls./]” and will include a discussion with local artists Shane McSauby, Kay Mayer, and Krzysztof Lower, who are a part of the curatorial team. 

(both events are LIB 100 and LIB 201 approved)

Parking Information
For free parking on the Allendale campus for the Lecture download this parking permit and use Lot H, Lot K, or Lot M. (see map on permit). To get to GVSU Allendale by bus from Grand Rapids Take the RAPID #50 (every 6 minutes, travel time 27 minutes).


Adam Khalil and Zack Khalil’s film re-imagines an ancient Ojibway story, the Seven Fires Prophecy, which both predates and predicts first contact with Europeans. A kaleidoscopic experience blending documentary, narrative, and experimental forms, INAATE/SE/ transcends linear colonized history to explore how the prophecy resonates through the generations in their indigenous community within Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With acute geographic specificity, and grand historical scope, the film fixes its lens between the sacred and the profane to pry open the construction of contemporary indigenous identity.

Adam Shingwak Khalil (Ojibway) is a filmmaker and artist. His practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Adam's work has been exhibited at UnionDocs, e-flux, Maysles Cinema, Microscope Gallery (New York), Museo ExTeresa Arte Actual (Mexico City), Spektrum (Berlin), Trailer Gallery (Sweden), Carnival of eCreativity (Bombay), and Fine Art Film Festival Szolnok (Hungary). Khalil is a UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow and Gates Millennium Scholar. In 2011 he graduated from the Film and Electronic Arts program at Bard College. 

Adam collaborates with his brother Zack Khalil, whose work often explores an indigenous worldview and undermines traditional forms of historical authority through the excavation of alternative histories and the use of innovative documentary forms. Together they produced  INAATE/SE/ which has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art (NY), and the Walker Contemporary Arts Center (MN). The programs in Grand Rapids are part of a Midwest tour that begins with a screening in their hometown of Sault Ste. Marie. Other recent projects include a short video commission for the Contour Biennale  They are in final production on their narrative film EMPTY METAL.  


About the Department of Visual and Media Arts
Visual and Media Arts (VMA) at GVSU is a newly formed department combining previous Department of Art and Design and programs in Film and Video and Photography. The degree programs integrate the values of a liberal education while preparing graduates for intensive engagement with the production and examination of the visual arts and their roles in society.

About the Office for Public Culture
Office for Public Culture institutes, supports, and promotes critical platforms within and between culture and the everyday. Artists, researchers, and residents engage to collaboratively reimagine the form(s) of public culture and everyday life through cultural production, interdisciplinary research, and civic discourse.

About the Kutsche Office for Local History
Kutsche Office for Local History is home to the annual Local History Roundtable as well as multiple projects designed to support local groups and people to preserve, protect, and retain their histories, including "Gi-gikinomaage-min ("We are all Teachers"): Documenting the Urban Native American Experience”.

About ArtPeers
ArtPeers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing a culture where artists are valued, and to creating platforms where artists contribute to their community through meaningful collaborations

About the Wealthy Theatre
Wealthy Theatre is a department of Grand Rapids Community Media Center, which works to build community through media.

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