Leaving Edinburgh Fringe 2017 full of fresh ideas and inspired by all of the amazing, dedicated artists I met there. Our Summerhall exhibit was very well-received and well-attended. For info on what the Colombo Art Biennale exhibit was all about, check out this interview.
I’ll be exhibiting my Post-Memory series as part of ‘Return in Search of Stillness’ alongside many talented Sri Lankan artists at Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
The Sri Lankan VA programme presented at the 2017 Festival is a journey of installation, visual and performance art, curated to explore the push and pull within community histories and individual memories of past violence, ongoing provocations, and the myriad of hopeful possibilities that exist within Sri Lanka’s still tenuous peace. In essence it is the exploration of the value, risks, and processes of healing.
Maya Bastian is one of 5 diverse participants chosen out of hundreds of applicants for the Magee TV Diverse Screenwriters Mentorship Award presented by the Toronto Screenwriting Conference.
The awards were created to help emerging and mid-level screenwriters from diverse backgrounds attend the 2017 Toronto Screenwriting Conference. This opportunity will give bursary recipients the opportunity to expand their network, sharpen their professional skills, work with established screenwriting professionals and producers, all with an aim at bringing new perspectives to Canada’s creative industries.
The program is currently helping Maya develop her feature directorial debut ‘Red Tide’.
‘Everyone Deserves a Home’ is a companion video piece to the Parkdale Rooming House Study. Due to rising rents and gentrification, more than 800 people are currently at risk of losing their homes. We spent several months getting to know one of these tenants and the resulting piece is this short documentary. Featured on City TV, the Toronto Star and Now Magazine.
The Post-Memory series has been invited to exhibit at Edinburgh Fringe 2017!
An amalgamation of journalistic outtakes, home movies, newsreel and vintage video, Post-Memory is about how we access memories, both ours and those of our ancestors.
Watch it here: