A dusky image of a rocky shoreline with a clear night sky above. Several people are dotted about the beach, searching attentively via torchlight. There are some scrubby bushes in the middle ground and more shoreline with forest behind in the background. The sea is calm, and the stars are beginning to appear in the dark sky above.

Captioned for d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing viewers

As dusk falls on the island of Gotland in Sweden, a stationary camera captures a thirty-minute single shot of a rocky shoreline. A person appears and starts to wander amidst the rocks, slowly searching, as if exploring an unknown place. Gradually, more people join, weaving in and out of the camera’s view. As evening fades into night, the stars take over and meteors flash across the sky — an annual phenomenon known as the Perseid meteor shower — as roving torchlights scan the rock-strewn beach below.

EVENTIDE bears witness to the inevitable routines of the earth and its people, of living, wandering, wondering and leaving. Like much of Lockhart’s work, the film invites contemplation and asks us to consider what we see and hear. Continuing her yearslong engagement with people, places and routines, EVENTIDE is a quiet, choreographic exploration of landscape, full of mystery and melancholy.

“A considered yet organic choreography of bodies slowly moving in and out of frame in the liminal space where land meets water, where day meets night, where earth meets stars.” – Gladstone Gallery

EVENTIDE was supported by grants from Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, Maureen and Paul Rubeli Foundation, Baltic Art Center, and IF Innovation Foundation. 

Sharon Lockhart (b. 1964) is an American artist whose work considers social subjects primarily through motion film and still photography, often engaging with communities to create work as part of long-term projects.

She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1991 and her MFA from Art Center College of Design in 1993. She has been a Radcliffe fellow, a Guggenheim fellow, and a Rockefeller fellow. Her films and photographic work have been widely exhibited at international film festivals and in museums, cultural institutions, and galleries around the world. She was an associate professor at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Fine Arts, resigning from the school in August 2015 in response to the continued administrative turmoil at Roski to take a position at the California Institute for the Arts. Lockhart lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Dir. Sharon Lockhart
2022, USA & Sweden
30 mins

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Saturday 1 APRIL 8:00pm - 9:30PM


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