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Don't Forget to Call

Nelly Matorina

May 19 - August 4, 2018 | Reception: Wednesday, May 23, 6:30-8pm


Nelly Matorina, Donít Forget to Call III, 2017, 00:01:22 (still from video).

Donít Forget to Call is a 7-channel video installation exploring mediated forms of communication. The installation is composed of seven Ďcallsí to my grandparents and other deceased ancestors, some of whom Iíve never met or spoken to. Throughout their lives, most of our communication was mediated through calling cards and, more recently, calling home phone numbers through Skype. This installation extends my familiarity with mediation into another realm: is a call to the afterlife that much further than a call over the internet?

Nelly Matorina is a Latvian-born video artist currently based in Kingston, Canada. Her work explores the experience of being a post-Soviet immigrant in North America, with respect to traditions, language, and oral history. Her work has been screened at Square Pegs, Reelout Queer Film Festival, and the Artel. Upcoming exhibitions include Modern Fuel.

Union Gallery's summer student intern, Leyla Chisamore, interviewed the artist in June 2018. To read the interview transcript, please click here.