Wednesday 9pm: Sep 18, 2013
Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo


Film program and talk
Curated by Shoghig Halajian

FRANK is proud to present new films by Nao Bustamante and Wu Tsang (with Alexandro Segade). Los Angeles based curator Shoghig Halajian will introduce both works and situate them within a historical trajectory of queer cinema in the U.S. Ranging from Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures (1963) to Gregg Araki’s Nowhere (1997) to contemporary LGBT narratives, the discussion will explore film depictions of queer desire, addressing issues of escapism, theatricality, and the representation of queer cultures in mainstream cinema today.


2012. 14 mins.
Wu Tsang (with Alexandro Segade)

Mishima in Mexico draws inspiration from Yukio Mishima's novel “Thirst for Love” and from Mishima’s legacy as it is encountered today within a global queer context. The original novel is a twisted romance set in 1950s Postwar Japan. Etsuko, a widowed society woman falls in love with her servant Saburo, a rural farm boy, but her desire drives them both to tragedy. In collaboration with Alexandro Segade, Tsang’s stripped down adaptation depicts a writer and a director who struggle with the collaborative process, as they shift in and out of mutable characters and conflate reality with fiction.

2013. 18 mins.
Nao Bustamante

Tableau depicts JT, an experimental filmmaker in a small town, who struggles to realize his big ideas about the far-off future. He aspires to direct a new film that expresses his Utopic LoFi-SciFi vision, but is thwarted, in part by his own ambitions. Alienated from his peers and criticized by his collaborators, JT finds a temporary alliance with a young girl next-door who becomes an unlikely supporter of the project.



SHOGHIG HALAJIAN (b. 1981) is a curator who has been involved with a number of experimental art venues in Los Angeles. In 2007, she co-found Eighteen Thirty Collaborations, an alternative performance space, and in 2008 joined LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) as full-time staff. She earned her Bachelors degree from University of California, Los Angeles (2003) and her Master's degree from California Institute of the Arts (2011), where she completed her thesis on the practice of artist Wu Tsang and his work on the queer performance / party night, Wildness at the Silver Platter. She recently completed a year-long residency at Ecole du Magasin (Centre National d'Art Contemporain) in Grenoble, France, co-curated an exhibition at UKS in October 2012, and has presented various projects with FRANK.

WU TSANG (lives and works in Los Angeles) is a performer and filmmaker who has exhibited in various venues, including the 2012 Whitney Biennial, the 2012 New Museum Triennial, and Performa 11. His feature film, Wildness, world premiered at ‘Documentary Fortnight’, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and won the Grand Jury Award for Outstanding Documentary at Outfest, Los Angeles (both 2012). Tsang is a 2012 Louis Comfort Tiffany Fellow and has received support from the Good Works Foundation, Frameline, Wexner Center for the Arts, IFP Documentary Lab, Art Matters, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Tsang exhibited a newly commissioned film at Unge Kunstneres Samfund in October 2012, and has screened two works with FRANK in 2012.

ALEXANDRO SEGADE (lives and works in New York and Los Angeles) performs with Malik Gaines and Jade Gordon under the collective My Barbarian, originally founded in Los Angeles in 2000. My Barbarian's inter-disciplinary performance, video, music and installation projects use fantasy, humor, camp and clashing aesthetic sensibilities to playfully reenact artistic, political, social and historical situations. Their solo exhibitions include “The Night Epi$ode” at Participant Inc., New York, 2009 and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2010; “Ecos de los Ecos” at Museo El Eco, Mexico City, 2010; “Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater” at Human Resources, Los Angeles, 2012. The group has been included in the 2005 and 2007 Performa Biennials, the 2006 and 2008 California Biennials, the 2007 Montreal Biennial and the 2009 Baltic Triennial. Other performance sites have included MoMA, The Kitchen, New Museum, Whitney Museum in New York, LACMA, MOCA, REDCAT in Los Angeles, Power Plant, Toronto, De Appel, Amsterdam, Torpedo, Oslo, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, and many others.

NAO BUSTAMANTE (lives and works in New York) is a performer and filmmaker who attended San Francisco Art Institute’s New Genres Department and was based in the San Francisco from 1984-2001. Her precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. She has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki, among others. Her films have screened at Outfest, Los Angeles, and Mix and NewFest: Experimental Showcase Film Society of Lincoln Center, New York. In 2001 she received the prestigious Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship and in 2007 was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, as well as a Lambent Fellow. Currently, Bustamante holds the position of Associate Professor of New Media and Live Art at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.