Screening followed by discussion with artists Dani and Sheilah ReStack. Tickets are free for SAIC students.
The ReStacks’ Strangely Ordinary This Devotion “is an intensely open film of private ritual and wonder,” Phil Coldiron, Brooklyn Rail
“A quixotic intimate portrait, Come Coyote portrays the reproductive challenges of same-sex couples with sensual poetry and humor, plus a pinch of despair.” Ella Bittancourt, Hyperallergic
Dani and Sheilah ReStack’s videos are radical explorations of queer desire, parenthood, and creative community. Formally and emotionally adjacent to their domestic lives, the Restacks’ works are exhilarating montages of home, artmaking, sex, parenting, wounds, viscera, animals, gardens, and wild open spaces. The two will present the Chicago premiere of their feral domesticity trilogy, including Strangely Ordinary this Devotion (2017), Come Coyote (2019), and the recently completed Future From Inside (2021), which brings together body doubles, animal synthesis, and expansive notions of family, all refracted through the beauty, cruelty, and promise of life. This event will have real-time captions (CART).
Presented in partnership with the 32nd Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival as the official opening night screening. A project of Chicago Filmmakers, the festival runs from March 31 to April 3.
Videos courtesy of SAIC’s Video Data Bank.
Festivals, Awards, & Nominations
2017 Whitney Biennial
Museum of Modern Art
About the artists
Dani and Sheilah ReStack have collaborated together since 2015. Their collaborative projects have shown at the 2017 Whitney Biennial; Iceberg Projects, Chicago; Toronto International Film Festival; Images Festival, Toronto; Lyric Theater, Carrizozo, New Mexico Leslie-Lohman Project Space, New York; Gaa Gallery, Wellfleet, Massachusetts; New York Film Festival; and the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio. They have received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, and Visual Studies Workshop and have held residencies at The Headlands in Marin County and the MacDowell Colony. Both artists have established individual careers. Sheilah received her bachelor of fine arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and master of fine arts from Goldsmiths College, London. She is an associate professor and chair of studio art at Denison University. Dani received her master of fine arts in sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003 and a master of fine arts in film/video from Bard College in 2009. She is an associate professor of drawing at Ohio State University.
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