Oliver Husain presented by Images Festival



Isla Santa Maria 3D


Sep 15 - 25


Film & Video

Artist Details


Project Description:
Based on the myth of Isla Santa Maria, an island said to have formed from the wreckage of a replica of one of Christopher Columbus’ ships, Husain’s film draws together the violent colonialist legacy of Columbus with developments of perspectival drawing and stereoscopic image making as two histories that reordered the way we see the world. The film’s cast of characters–a dancing conquistador, an oracle appearing as a floating hologram, a group of visitors from another planet, and a flock of Victorian era revellers on a beach–are pulled out of time, into a nonlinear narrative that overlaps histories, truths and fantasies to reimagine possible futures.

Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto. In 2016, Husain's work was featured in a solo exhibition at Gallery Clages, Cologne; Gallery TPW, Toronto; and Western Front, Vancouver. It was included in group exhibitions at The Galleria Mall and Art Museum of UofT, Toronto. His work is represented by Susan Hobbs Gallery.

About Images Festival:
Established in 1987, the Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. Images has presented thousands of vanguard media-based projects in its 30-year history and is committed to an expanded concept of moving image practice.