Image from Stanya Kahn: "Stand in the Stream"

Video Screening: Stanya Kahn —Stand in the Stream

Friday, October 16, 2020 at 12:00pm


"Stand in the Stream" (2011–2017) by Stanya Kahn is the fourth video being screened as part of the exhibition A SCULPTURE, A FILM & SIX VIDEOS, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from Friday, October 16 through Wednesday, October 28, 2020. The gallery is open to Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm.

Stream the video "Stand in the Stream" online ​through Wednesday, October 28, 2020 on the A SCULPTURE, A FILM & SIX VIDEOS exhibition website.

"Stand in the Stream" (2011­–17) is an ambient, hour-long digital feature film shot on multiple camera formats over the course of six years. The film’s vast and varied footage—all shot live or screen-captured during livestreams by Kahn in real time—is edited to create a visceral reflection of life, power, and uprising in late capitalism. As the film travels through cities and wilderness, domestic and public spaces, online chat-rooms, and home movies, it is framed by the decline and death of the artist’s mother—a shipyard electrician and activist—with glimpses of Kahn’s own experience of motherhood and the toil of daily life. "Stand in the Stream" situates these intimacies within the shift of political and digital landscapes over time, revealing many intersections of the personal and the political. With a soundscore constructed to draw the epic from the mundane, "Stand in the Stream" plays back capitalism’s acculturation of our very personhood while bringing forth insistent images of our resistance and resilience against it. Previously exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, "Stand in the Stream" will also be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles in the fall of 2020.

Related Event
Artist Talk: Stanya Kahn
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 8pm
Zoom ​Webinar
FREE! RSVP required for access to virtual event.

Artist Stanya Kahn will speak about her practice and "Stand in the Stream," her work included in the exhibition A SCULPTURE, A FILM & SIX VIDEOS, sharing more about the video's blend of intimate family events and deeply felt political engagement.

Still from:
Stanya Kahn
Stand in the Stream
HD color video, stereo sound
60 minutes and 24 seconds
Edition of 6, 2 AP
Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles, ©Stanya Kahn