An Evening of New Work by Amina Cain and Laida Lertxundi

  • Screening

835 N Kings Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
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Amina Cain¬†read from her newly released book Creature, a collection of stories exploring the territories of pleasure/suffering as landscape/house, with characters who seem to share a single heartbeat. As writer Pamela Lu describes, “To be among Amina Cain’s creatures is to stand in the presence of what is mysterious, expansive, and alive.”

Laida Lertxundi¬†showed her most recent films: The Room Called Heaven and Utskor: Either/ Or. “Rather than using emotion to drive a narrative as in a conventional melodrama, Lertxundi treats feeling as a material, a color or tone that can be broken down, pulled apart, and recombined with other cinematic elements such as rhythm, light, and sound . . . emotion is loosed in Lertxundi’s films and it suffuses the environs like the Los Angeles smog: enigmatic, undirected, and capable of intensifying the late-day light with brilliant hues.” (Genevieve Yue, Film Quarterly)

About

Amina Cain is the author of two collections of stories that revolve quietly around closeness/distance, pleasure/suffering, and emptiness/landscape: Creature (Dorothy, a publishing project, 2013) and I Go To Some Hollow (Les Figues Press, 2009). Work has appeared in BOMB, n+1, Denver Quarterly, The Paris Review Daily, Two Serious Ladies, and other places.

Laida Lertxundi makes films with non-actors, landscapes and sounds. Her work was the focus of a solo exhibition at Marta Cervera Contemporary, Madrid in 2013. Lertxundi’s films have been exhibited at the 2013 Lyon Biennale, 2013 LIAF Biennial, 2012 Whitney Biennial, New York; MoMA, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; the Viennale, Vienna; Views from the Avant Garde at the New York Film Festival, and the Rotterdam International Film Festival among other spaces.