The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

It Matters What

Canada | 2019 | 9 min
Composer: Paul Shepherd
Director: Francisca Duran
Categories :
FIFA Experimental


Quebec Premiere

Absences and translations motivate this experimental animation in an exploration of the methods and materials of reproduction and inscription. The inquiry is set within a framework of practical and critical human relationships with other-than-human-species elucidated by the theorist Donna Haraway. A fragment from Haraway’s essay Tentacular Thinking: Anthropocene, Capitalocene, Chthulucene is reworked here as a poetic manifesto. Enigmatic found-footage calls into question human violence over animal species. Plant life is the subject matter of the images and assists the means of photographic reproduction. The techniques used include in-camera animation, contact prints and phytograms created by the exposure of 16mm film overlaid with plant material and dried for hours in direct sunlight.


Francisca Duran

Francisca Duran is a Canadian experimental media artist based in Toronto, Canada. Born in Santiago, Chile in 1967, Duran came to Canada as a refugee following the 1973 military coup that ousted elected president Salvador Allende. Duran has exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous film festivals, and group screenings, including HotDocs, DOK Leipzig, Images Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Arkipel, IFFR – International Film Festival Rotterdam and the John Hansard Gallery and Gallery 44. Duran has been involved with a number of artist-run cultural organizations including Cineworks Independent Filmmakers Society in Vancouver, LIFT and Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), Gallery 44 and Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS). Her practice has been supported by research and production grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

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Filmography | It Matters What (2019) ; Retrato Oficial 5: Traje de Luces ; Centripede (2013) ; Hemisphere (2012) ; Retrato Oficial 3: Even if my hands were full of truths (2012) ; Retrato Oficial 2 (2009)

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