In collaboration with Cinema Politica Network and Cinéma du Musée, DHC/ART co-presents a screening of the documentary GIFT by Robin McKenna.
Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s beloved classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World, GIFT is a richly cinematic film, interweaving character-driven stories. On North America’s Pacific Northwest Coast, a young indigenous man undertakes the elaborate preparations for a potlatch—to make a name for himself by giving everything away. In Rome, Italy, a factory occupied by migrant families is transformed into a living museum, protected by a “barricade of art”: a model of resistance, and an invaluable gift. In the pirate utopia of Burning Man, a mutant bumblebee art car distributes honey in a post-apocalyptic desert landscape. Meanwhile, in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Mingwei Lee prepares to launch Sonic Blossom – a “transformative gift” of song. GIFT is a tribute to something that can’t be measured or counted, bought or sold. Exploring the parallels between artists’ work and a gift economy, it’s a reflection on the creative process, the reasons we “labour in service of our gifts”, and a celebration of the imagination.
Director: Robin McKenna
Running time: 89 minutes
Languages: English, Italian, with French and English subtitles
On February 8, the screening will be followed by a Q&A between director Robin McKenna and DHC/ART Managing Director and Curator, Cheryl Sim.
To purchase tickets, please visit the Cinéma du Musée website.
Update: Screenings of the movie GIFT will be extended until February 21, 2019.