Art Basel screens a premier program of 16 film and video works presented by the show’s participating galleries. The Film program is curated for the fourth consecutive year by Cairo-based film curator Maxa Zoller and will include a special screening of Heather Lenz’s ‘Kusama – Infinity’ (2018), selected by New York-based film curator Marian Masone. Program highlights include works by Ai Weiwei, Kudzanai Chiurai, Rä di Martino, Douglas Gordon, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Hiwa K, William Kentridge and Xu Bing among others. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will take place at Messe Basel from June 14 to June 17, 2018.
This year’s program seeks to ascribe new meanings to found footage within filmmaking as well as bring together leading artists from across the world, with a strong focus on South Africa. Maxa Zoller states: ‘The diversity of formats and artistic backgrounds in the program shows that artists’ filmmaking has reached a new, mature stage, one which is now truly independent from former traditions of disciplinary divisions —say fine arts versus cinema— and opens the door to exciting new forms of transmedia art.’