Lucia King

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LUCIA KING – Artista y comisaria

Dr King is a documentary filmmaker and maker of video installation artworks. She has an extensive track record of self-authored and collaborative projects produced in India and across Europe. Her projects are primarily distributed in art gallery contexts and independent film festivals. Her PhD (obtained from SOAS, University of London) and current research explores the methodologies of contemporary documentary and artist-filmmaking in India and South Asia (1991-2012), investigating the historical legacies and contexts of their local and international distribution.

She is also the founding curator of VisionMix, a network of leading filmmakers, scholars and arts programmers from India, Europe and Hong Kong. Its mission is to generate workshops, develop publications and deliver public screenings in the field of  ‘artists moving image’, experimental documentary and photography. The network forges transnational dialogue on film practice, practitioners, audiences and patronage systems in the global South and in Europe.

VisionMix is a curatorial collective with a focus on video art produced in (and about) South Asian cultural movements and moving image histories. It is currently directed by Lucia King (London, UK) and Rashmi Sawhney (Bengaluru, India).

This network fosters international alliances that generate exhibitions, screenings, publications and wider public debate. Its activities provide platforms for collaboration and the sharing of practices amongst film and video makers, scholars and curators in Europe and Asia around the nexus of programmed activities. The majority of VisionMix’s associates are resident in the UK and India, with guest collaborators contributing from Pakistan, the US, Hong Kong and São Paolo. VisionMix has facilitated the production of artworks and films that explore environmental and urban ecologies, citizen rights and artists’ transformative agency through their productions. We generate public involvement in exhibitions, screenings, publications and online networking locally and internationally. Our aims are also to:

·       Foster research on new approaches to the curating of lens-based media art by creating dialogue through our associate partners across regions.
·       Promote and showcase projects in artists’ film-making, essay films, experimental documentary, video installation and photography.
·       Support dialogue between different strands of filmmaking in contemporary new media trends, taking into account the geo-political differences in our production systems and environmental contexts.
·       Encourage intellectual exchange between art critics, commissioning editors, curators, artists, filmmakers, film and art historians and theorists.
·       Author publications that review the ways in which the funding, commissioning and exhibition of lens based media operates in relation to South Asian film & video.
·       Question perspectives and framings in art historical accounts in which of groups have been marginalised.