Intimacy in Crisis
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Intimacy in Crisis is a series of five short videos by participants in Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial. The artists react and reflect in the face of crisis, sparking questions around the self, our intimacies, and coexisting with family and society.


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Artist: Tiffany Joy Butler

Title: The Bunny Who Ran Out of Honey (El conejito que se quedó sin miel)

Year: 2021

Duration: 00:12:50

I write memoirs that dig into past traumas and, in the form of an experimental documentary, investigate my parents’ love story which first sparked in the 1980s at a Latin disco club in the Bronx. It is a meditation on the innocence of rambunctious brown youth in a rural landscape with the bliss of a Black and Puerto Rican family living in an isolated small town. It is about the passage of time, relocation, and memory.


Artist: William Miller

Title: Unlucky

Year: 2016

Duration: 00:03:45

There is a component of chance intrinsic to this disease. Some neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer's are hereditary. A child whose parent carries a genetic mutation for one of these diseases has a 50-50 chance of inheriting the gene. That's a one in two chance or the flip of a coin.

I’m dwelling on the meaning of chance as well as illness narratives in the video which features a lone voice telling an intimate first-person story about going to the hospital and receiving a diagnosis for HD. An unfinished 3D scan of my head is turned by an unseen force. As the story progresses it becomes clear that mistakes, miscues and flubs have been kept in the audio, highlighting the fact that the reading is a performance rather than an account.


Artist: Kim Hoeckele

Title: Nike or Nike

Year: 2020

Duration: 00:08:45

In my video, Nike or Nike, I use Nike—both the goddess of victory and the athletic-wear company—as the foundation to highlight the contradictory ways women’s bodies are culturally prescribed to look and behave. The video is comprised entirely of found images, video clips, and screen recordings, and the voiceover weaves together appropriated text taken from sources such as communications journals about Nike advertising, art historical texts, and shapewear websites.


Artist: Sareh Imani

Title: Kindred Stitches

Year: 2018

Duration: 00:04:51

“Kindred Stitches” is a multi-channel video installation, in which I address the notions of parenting and gardening, absence and longing through a multi-layered narrative. One of the videos is a recorded FaceTime conversation with my parents accompanied by screen recordings of a gardening app showing different stages of a virtual plant. The conversation is around taking care of plants and specifically a cactus in Iran that was found and resuscitated by my father using his surgical techniques. The other video depicts my father’s hands in the surgery room reconstructing an ear from rib’s cartilage of the patient (out of necessity, as a result of the embargo on Iran). The piece is an exploration of kinship through the themes of mending, regeneration, and improbable resourcefulness in the face of dire necessity.


Artist: Zorica Čolić

Title: Cutaneous Vision

Year: 2020-21

Duration: 00:04:19

“Cutaneous Vision” is a video composed of material culled from the bewildering array of corporeal images – body parts, medical models, aesthetic attachments and tools for bodily ‘enhancements’ sold online. They are organized around the text, read as a voiceover that addresses bodily concerns ranging from the discomfort with the body to indulging in the pleasure of its manipulation. The juxtapositions of human and human-like address material excesses and self-fashioning as a way in which bodies become alternately erased and fetishized.





Bronx Calling: The Fifth AIM Biennial is made possible by Christie's, Martin Weinstein and Tereza Liszka, Debbie Rechler, Cher Lewis, Friends of AIM, and SRI Fine Art Services.



The AIM Fellowship program is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and Miranda Family Fund.



Image still from "The Bunny Who Ran Out of Honey (El conejito que se quedó sin miel)", 2021 by Tiffany Joy Butler. Video. 12minutes, 50 seconds.

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