cowboys and iodine (2014)
this is part four of the lion series
An attempt to tame the atomic frontier, Cowboys and Iodine is a fever dream involving the masculine bravado and seldom-discussed gender shaming used to encourage men to volunteer as liquidators for the cleanup of the Chernobyl disaster.
Employing dip, spray and smudge techniques to replicate the different methods of radiation exposure the men experienced. The film also employs a split negative/reversal process to reflect the methods that waves of radiation enter the body. Cowboys and Iodine blends subtext, social stigma and personal aspiration to construct the internal contemplation of a man going to war with the atom.
Cowboys and Iodine is part four of seven in the Lion series. Composed of seven works, Lion is a series of films creted on 16mm and hand processed with darkroom techniques that mimic the effects of radiation on film. Researched in Chernobyl, the series is a product of memories, history, pop culture and technical experiments to create visual representations of invisible forces. Lion consists of five collage diary works with two technical study films.
Presented at MIX Copenhagen, October 2014, Experimental program
Presented at 286h British Film Institute London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, March 2014
Presented at Queer Lisboa 18, Queer Art section, September 2014
Presented at Cinémathèque Québécoise in Nature/Culture, October 2014
Presented at 17th Antimatter [Media Art], Victoria BC, October 2014
Presented at 4th Pink Life KuirFest, Ankara, Turkey, January 2015
Presented in Radiant Bodies, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, June 2015
Presented at Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival, Oslo, September 2015
Presented at Imagine Science Film Festival, Museum of the Moving Image, New York, October 2015
Presented at Film for Artists Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto, June 2016