Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 4:00 pm
In conjunction with Meteorological Mobilities
In the Shadow of the Midnight Sun is a creative documentary presented through the eyes of a Syrian refugee, displaced from his homeland and now traveling across the Arctic landscape as he tries to come to terms with his feelings of loss and emptiness in this unknown land. Whilst delving into the intimate story of a man displaced from his homeland, a country torn apart, the character is inquiring about the ecosystem we depend on and how it is increasingly fragile. In his journey, the character is trying to come to terms with his traumatic experience of loss and alienation, two things that are not apparent to the society he is struggling to fit into, whilst simultaneously unfolding a reality that affects us widely. The narrator’s reflections are interwoven with the seemingly disparate lives of those encounters on his journey: The Sami people who had lived in this territory for generations and now are undergoing their own experience of displacement due to the increasing mining industrialization and climate change in the region.RSVP
Since his graduation in Media Arts at University of Westminster in 2001, Juan delGado has produced a wide range of works in photography, moving image and installation. His work has been exhibited internationally, including Tampere Film Festival, Finland; Mardin Biennial, Turkey; Clandestino Festival, Sweden; ARTBO, Colombia; Adelaide Film Festival, Australia; Calgary Film Festival, Canada, End of the World Biennial, Argentina; Birzeit Ethnography Museum, Palestine; National Gallery, Scotland. delGado has been awarded grants and commissions by the John Kobal Foundation, British Council, Unlimited 2014, UK; Colombian Ministry of Culture, Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, British Academy and the Spanish Ministry of Culture amongst other prestigious institutions.