Artist

Oliver Husain

Oliver Husain is a filmmaker and artist based in Toronto and Frankfurt. Addressing a dialogue between images and objecthood, Husain’s projects often begin with a portrait of a person or place. He uses a wide range of cinematic languages and visual codes—such as dance, puppetry, and animation—to disassemble and subvert fixed readings of the original material. His installations, performances and films set up narratives that charm or fold the viewers into questioning their role as a spectator or subject.

Videography

Parade

2013, 10:51 minutes, colour, English

Item Number

2012, 16:00 minutes, colour, Hindi and English

Purfled Promises

2009, 09:21 minutes, colour

Mount Shasta

2008, 08:00 minutes, colour, English

Stimulation

2008, 01:33 minutes, colour

Green Dolphin

2008, 15:00 minutes, colour, English

Squiggle

2005, 21:40 minutes, colour, English

Shrivel

2005, 08:20 minutes, colour, Bahasa Indonesian, English Subtitles

Swivel

2005, 15:10 minutes, colour

Fuze

2004, 03:45 minutes, colour

Critical Writing

Hybrid Hijinks: Oliver Husain's Art of Cinema, Performance,...
by Jon Davies. Canadian Art, Summer 2012.
Oliver Husain's Hovering, Alliterative, Epigrammatic Proxies
by Andréa Picard. Cinema Scope, Fall 2010, no. 44.
Found Images: Experiments pay off in indie fest
by Norman Wilner. NOW, Apr. 2, 2009, v. 28, no. 31.
The idea of a village
by Oliver Husain. Monitor 4, 2008.
TBA:07: Event Details: The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
by The Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. PICA.org, Aug. 2007.