Artist

Amber Bemak

Bemak is a filmmaker, artist, and educator. Her work is based in experimental and documentary film and also spans performance art and curatorial practice. She has co-directed and produced two feature documentaries on Tibetan Buddhism, as well as created 15 short experimental and documentary films that have played and won awards in numerous festivals internationally. For the past two decades, she has been engaged in a multi-layered exploration of performance and film which uses the body as a sight for socio-political inquiry, engages with text, language, and translation to open up discourse around deeply embedded colonization narratives, and commits to linking the intimate and personal with larger institutional structures. Her work draws from cinematic practice, pedagogy around ethics of representation, queer theory and lived experience, a deep commitment to a global perspective in all areas, and Buddhist philosophical frameworks and cultures. She has taught film theory and practice in India, Nepal, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States. Her work has been seen at venues including the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Rubin Museum of Art, and SculptureCenter, as well as the Tamayo Museum and Oberhausen International Film Festival. She has taught film theory and practice in India, Nepal, Kenya, Mexico and the United States.

Videography

2021, 10:30 minutes

Two Sons and a River of Blood

2020, 10:30 minutes, English

Goodbye Fantasy

2019, 15:00 minutes, colour, Spanish/English with subtiles in Spanish/English

Borderhole

2017, 14:00 minutes, colour, Spanish/English with subtiles in Spanish/English

Tell Me When You Die

2015, 12:00 minutes, colour, English, Spanish with English, Spanish subtitles