New York-born, Stockholm-based, artist Ellie Ga brings us her film Strophe, a Turning (2017), which initially developed from her fascination with drifting objects and how they can be used to chart sea movement. But her own willingness to drift and follow uncertain turns carries her unexpectedly to the Greek islands of Symi and Lesvos, during the summer of 2015. Ga decides to join a team of volunteers aiding asylum seekers and refugees—a definitive turning point at which she is forced to wrestle not only with the poetics of accidental drift and the new discoveries it beckons, but with urgent political and humanitarian realities. A nuanced and complex history of endurance, faith, and indeed, chance.
The screening is followed by a conversation with Mara Lee.