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The Strange Country

Conroy Maddox

The Strange Country

Conroy Maddox
  • Date: 1940
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Genre: symbolic painting
  • Media: collage, watercolor, mixed media

Maddox has dedicated himself to the original, radical intentions of the Surrealist movement since 1935. He severely criticised the 1936 International Surrealist Exhibition in London for including artists he thought were neither committed to, nor informed about, the movement: Roland Penrose, Paul Nash and Herbert Read. In contrast to Read’s interpretation of Surrealism, Maddox is avowedly internationalist. This work echoes the irrational events and space of Rene Magritte’s paintings. The head of one figure is replaced by a balloon, while the muscleman seems to emerge from within a frame. A huge match seems to replace the sun.

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Short Films

Sali (Tuesday) [2015]

  • Directed by: Ziya Demirel
  • Written by: Ziya Demirel, Buket Coskuner
  • Produced by: Ziya Demirel, Anna Maria Aslanoglu
  • An ordinary school day for a teenage girl in Istanbul and her encounters with three different men as she goes to school, plays basketball and takes a bus on the way home.

    Cannes Official Selection 2015
    TIFF Official Seelection 2015
    Sundance Official Selection 2015

    Produced by: Anna Maria Aslanoglu - Istos film (Turquie / Turkey) / Olivier Berlemont & Emilie Dubois - oriGine films (France)

    Director - Ziya Demirel
    Writers - Buket Coskuner | Ziya Demirel
    Producers - Anna Maria Aslanoglu | Ziya Demirel
    Cinematographer - Meryem Yavuz
    Editor - Henrique Cartaxo

    Cast:

    Melis Balaban - Asli
    Yonca Hiç -Ayse
    Can Karacayli - Ozan
    Zeki Ocak - Yasli Adam