Sutures in Time: Short Films

At 2220 Arts + Archives

Haig Aivazian, All of your Stars are but Dust on my Shoes, 2021. Still.⁠

Suneil Sanzgiri, Letter From Your Far-Off Country, 2020. Still.

Zhen Li, fur, 2022. Still.

Onyeka Igwe, The Miracle on George Green, 2022. Still.

Sutures in Time: Short films is an evening of artists’ films co-curated by Anna Cho-Son and artist Gelare Khoshgozaran. This series of recent works ponder various encounters as moments of contact: how does contact take on a life of its own? From diverging timelines catalyzed by displacement to the stillness of longing and strategies for intervention, these films wade through the dialectical relationships promised by proximity—and into perforating memories, wandering eyes, and precision without resolution.

The films take the viewer on an interscalar journey through time, from the mythological to the geological, the tactile, and the eidetic. Time is materialized in rock formations, scars, truncated trees, and the unretainable. Each artist takes up the fluid transformation between time and place in moving images to think through the political possibilities that emerge from cycles of amnesia, deformation, recollection, and regeneration.

About the Artist

Gelare Khoshgozaran
Gelare Khoshgozaran is an undisciplinary artist and writer whose work engages with the legacies of imperial violence manifested in war and militarization, borders, and archives. She uses film and video to explore narratives of belonging outside of the geographies and temporalities that have both unsettled our sense of home, and...
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About the Series

This project is part of The Garden, a research-based and artist-led guide to explore, experience, and experiment with the ecological imagination and speculative transfiguration of the “garden.” 

Featuring Works By

Parastoo Anoushahpour

Haig Aivazian

Ali Eyal

Onyeka Igwe

Minjung Kim

Zhen Li

Suneil Sanzgiri


Sutures in Time: Short Films was co-organized by Gelare Khoshgozaran and AC’s former Curator Anna Cho-Son.

Active Cultures programs in 2023 are made possible through the generous support of Active Cultures’ Board of Directors; the Gatherers Annual Fund; California Arts Council; the Kohl Family Foundation; and the Los Angeles Visual Arts (LAVA) Coalition.

Event Details

DATE: July 19, 2023

LOCATION: 2220 Arts + Archives


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