"We could say that a firework is not different from a tree, or from a big artificial flower that grows, develops, flowers and dies in a few seconds. Withered, finally, it soon disappears in unrecognizable fragments. Well, let’s take this firework and make it last for a month, and we will have a flower with all the characteristics of other flowers. Or so, inverting the order of factors, may us imagine that the seed of a plant can explode like a bomb."
- Bruno Munari
“Atomic Garden” is a stroboscopic reflection on transmutation, survival and the resilience of myriad life forms in the face of toxicity. Exploding and expanding past, future and present, the films trusts the anarchy of explosion as a movement of protest and renewal of life in its multiple forms. A stroboscopic tale of survival and transmutation.
10.09 : Festival des cinémas différents de Paris (International competition)
09.19 : 25 fps - Zagreb (International competition)
07.19 : Curtas Vila do Condé (experimental competition)
11.18 : Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Canada
Ana Vaz (1986, Brasília) is an artist and filmmaker whose films, installations and performances explore complex relationships between environments, territories and hybrid histories pushing the boundaries of our perception. Her films have been showed internationally in film festivals and institutions such as the Tate Modern, Palais de Tokyo, Jeu de Paume, New York Film Festival, TIFF Wavelengths, BFI, Cinéma du Réel, TABAKALERA, Courtisane, amongst others. Specific focuses on her work have been developed in seminars and gatherings such as the Flaherty Seminar (USA), TIFF Lightbox (Canada), Doc's Kingdom (Portugal), Curto Circuito Film Festival (Spain) and Massart Film Society (USA). Her work has recently featured in group shows such as “Eco-visionaries” at MAAT (Portugal), “What are the Clouds?” at WKV Stuttgart, Moscow Biennial of Young Art and Espace Khiasma (France). Ana is also a founding member of the collective COYOTE along with Tristan Bera, Nuno da Luz, Elida Hoëg and Clémence Seurat, a cross-disciplinary group working in the fields of ecology, ethnology and political science through an array of cross-cutting platforms. In 2015, she was the recipient of the Kazuko Trust Award presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in recognition of artistic excellence and innovation in her moving-image work.