Now Open: Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.



GTA24 Screening: The Treasury of Human Inheritance, Alexis Kyle Mitchell

Monday, June 17, 2024
 | 7:00 pm
 | Cost: $15
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The Treasury of Human Inheritance, directed by Alexis Kyle Mitchell, is a poetic film about the experience of living with and alongside disease and disability. Tracing loops, echoes and repetitions across the physical and spiritual realms, The Treasury combines documentation of family home movie footage; somatic and religious rituals for death and life after death; abandoned urban architectures teeming with natural growth; celluloid film hand-processed in genetic material; and an analogue synthesizer soundtrack that mimics inheritance patterns of genetic disease. In essence, this is a film about a family – but, more than that, it is a film made from the everyday patterns we embody in order to live through and with one another.

This film will be presented at Paradise Theatre in partnership with The Vega Foundation. The film is a precursor to a newly commissioned audio-visual performance titled The Treasury of Human Inheritance (Circuits) by Mitchell and collaborator Luke Fowler, which will take place on Friday June 21st at MOCA Toronto.

About the Artist

Alexis Kyle Mitchell (b. Toronto) is an artist and scholar based between New York and Glasgow. Encompassing video, film, performance, and experimental collaboration, Mitchell’s practice delves into themes of space, place, and the politics of memory and belonging. Mitchell frequently collaborates with Sharlene Bamboat and the duo recently launched a web project called Before Law. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Disability Studies at New York University and is currently a visiting scholar at the university’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality. Her work has circulated internationally, including in exhibitions at the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Kunstverein Munich, and Mercer Union (Toronto), and in screenings at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Art of the Real (New York), and IndieLisboa International Film Festival (Lisbon). Mitchell has presented lecture-performances at the University of Toronto and The New School (New York), and held residencies at Cove Park (Scotland), MacDowell (United States), Sommerakademie Paul Klee (Switzerland), and Akademie Schloss Solitude (Germany). She is one of the featured artists in Glasgow International 2024.

GTA24 Live & Screening Programme

Greater Toronto Art 2024 (GTA24) showcases 25 intergenerational artists, duos, and collectives from or with a connection to the region. The exhibition is accompanied by a Live Programme, with newly commissioned performances, and a Screening Programme, featuring exclusive film presentations delivered at Paradise Theatre. 

See all upcoming events, here.

 Alexis Kyle Mitchell, The Treasury of Human Inheritance (still), 2024. Courtesy of the artist.

Venue Information

Paradise Theatre

1006 Bloor St W.
Toronto, ON Canada

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