Six Points Reading Series


For National Poetry Month, The Poetry Center of Chicago is highlighting poets that work across media. For this Six Points reading, we are showcasing poets that use film as a way to speak to language and image.

Please join us for a screening/performance/conversation with these multidisciplinary artists at filmfront.

Sherae Rimpsey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She has exhibited her work in the U.S and internationally, most notably at the Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland; the Zentral Bibliothek in Zurich, Switzerland and National Library of Buenos Aires, Argentina as a contributing artist in Luis Camnitzer’s El Ultimo Libro - The Last Book project; and the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany where she was awarded the prestigious Solitude Fellowship. She is the recipient of a Philadelphia Foundation Grant, as a Flaherty Fellow and a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and Residency. She has a BFA in Technology & Integrated Media with an emphasis in Visual Culture from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Jazzy Smith is an adjective - doing her best to listen deeply. From the Nevada desert, blown around, right now in Chicago. She writes, films, and enjoys cinnamon rolls when she can't tell any more stories. Most likely thinking about you.

Shawné Michaelain Holloway is a Chicago-based new media artist using sound, video, and performance to shape the rhetorics of technology and sexuality into tools for exposing structures of power. She has spoken and exhibited work internationally in spaces like The New Museum (New York, NY), Sorbus Galleria (Helsinki, Fi), on NTS Radio (London, UK) and was one of the 2017 residents at The Center for Afrofuturist Studies (Iowa City, IA.)


The Gün (Gold Day)


The Gün, or Gold Day, is a Turkish system of gift exchange, constructing female space and networks; it’s a day when friends gather in one of their flats to have some food, tea, and conversation, where everyone brings the hostess a gold coin (~$70).

Attendees are invited to participate in Gold Day rituals following a screening of two video works by Hale Ekinci. The artist will close the evening with a group conversation alongside Pinar Üner Yilmaz and Gözde Erdeniz.

Vegetarian food, tea, and a dessert will be served.

Suggested donation of $5 - $7 to evoke the Gold Day experience.

Total event time ~ 1 hour
Presented in partnership with the ACRE residency program.

The Gün (aka Gold Day) 05:57 mins by Hale Ekinci
Colorful story of a women’s social gathering during the time of Turkey’s political shift toward a more conservative government ruling. Told from the perspective of a distressed daughter, the film presents common traditions while touching on the contested headscarf issue.

Almanci Bride (Germaner Gelin) 08:18 mins by Hale Ekinci
Applying techniques of collage to the moving image, “Almanci Gelin (Germaner Bride)” is a magical realist video that takes place at a Turkish traditional ceremony of “asking permission to marry” and explores the stereotypes of Turkish immigrant identity as seen from both Turkish and foreign perspectives. Using a combination of field video, green screen, still images, and drawings, the video paints a world where family relations, identity stereotypes, rituals, and women’s issues result in a tense scene that reflects the universal bizarreness of traditions and stereotypes.

Hale Ekinci is a Chicago-based Turkish interdisciplinary artist and an Associate Professor of Art at North Central College, teaching a variety of courses in the Digital Art field. She spent childhood and much of her young adult years in Turkey, the homeland that she brings in and out of focus throughout her works. She completed her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago. Focusing on narrative and intercultural connections, her works vary from illustration and mixed media collage to video and installation. Her recent projects touch on social issues, cultural traditions, and political unrest. Despite the sometimes dismal nature of these controversial issues, her works are often playful as she uses vibrant colors, patterns, and hopeful moments.

Pinar Üner Yilmaz is a PhD candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in the Art History Department, where her area of concentration is contemporary art with a particular interest in cross-cultural curatorial studies and Istanbul Biennials. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Art Management in 2006 and Master’s degree in Art and Design in 2009 from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. She previously worked at prominent institutions in Turkey, such as Eczacibasi Virtual Museum, Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts, and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, and at UIC’s contemporary art gallery, Gallery 400, as the curatorial graduate assistant. Üner Yilmaz is a former recipient of Fulbright scholarship.

Gözde Erdeniz is a native of Istanbul, Turkey. She came to the United States when she was 18 to attend Connecticut College, where she studied Government and English Literature. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Northwestern University, writing her dissertation on the deep social divisions over the role of religion in public life in Turkey and Israel.