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Over three weeks in August, on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Deluge Contemporary Art invites you to a series of films about art and artists. High Summer Screenings offers intimate portraits of Albert Namatjira, Hilma af Klint, Pat Steir, Paula Rego, Joyce Carol Oates and Slave to Sirens (a Lebanese all-female thrash metal band), as well as indigenous Canadian tattoo artists and contemporary musicians from Beirut.

These films are free to the public, presented in the gallery’s comfortable, convivial environment. Doors open at 6:30 for 7pm screenings.

HALINA DYRSCHKA, 2019, GERMANY/SWEDEN, 93 MIN

Hilma af Klint was an abstract artist before the term existed, a visionary, trailblazing figure who, inspired by spiritualism, modern science, and the riches of the natural world around her, began in 1906 to reel out a series of huge, colourful, sensual, strange works without precedent in painting. The subject of a recent smash retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in 2019, af Klint was for years an all-but-forgotten figure in art historical discourse, before her long-delayed rediscovery. Director Halina Dryschka’s dazzling, course-correcting documentary describes not only the life and craft of af Klint, but also the process of her mischaracterization and erasure by both a patriarchal narrative of artistic progress and capitalistic determination of artistic value.

Halina Dyrschka was born in Berlin and is active as a director and producer. After studying acting, classical singing and film production she founded the company Ambrosia Film. Her first film as a director, the short 9andahalf’s Goodbye was shown at over 40 festivals worldwide and won several awards. Beyond the Visible marks her directorial feature documentary debut and is the first and only film on the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint.

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