Edwin Janzen
Lost Islands
Four-channel video installation
2012

In 2012, I exhibited a three-channel video installation (since then I've added a fourth channel) titled "Lost Islands" at Eastern Bloc, in Montreal. Constructed from footage appropriated from classic cinema—in particular lost-island-style thrillers like "King Kong," "The Island of Dr. Moreau" and "Lost Continent"—the video delineates a cinematic space in which colonialist-inspired narratives are broken down and reconfigured as sensual or emotional experiences. With Lost Islands, I seek to lay bare the influence of colonialism on Cold War cinema, as well as its uses in the manufacture of fear and suspense.

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