Artist’s Name: Allen Killian-Moore
Mediums: Unweaving Unwound was filmed on Super 8mm film, Regular 8mm film, HD Video, Mini-DV, Instant Film, and Hand-Processed Super 8mm
Unweaving Unwound is an experimental visual document of the creation and installation of Unweaving, a public sculpture project by artist Tia Salmela Keobounpheng. Through Tia's voice-over narration recorded by the filmmaker (moving image artist Allen Killian-Moore) on a grizzled analog cassette deck, she details the conception of her project and its relation to ancestral trauma. Tia recounts the narrative of her Finnish family's emigration from Duluth Minnesota to Karelia, Russia in order to work for Stalin with hopes of establishing a worker's utopia, and their subsequent return to America, fleeing Stalin's brutal regime. Utilizing a split-screen aesthetic and a cinema vérité approach in its formation, Unweaving Unwound explores construction and deconstruction as symbols of artistic endeavor, which in turn signify our collective human experience.
Artist Filmmaker Bio:
Allen Killian-Moore (he/him) was born the fall of 1981. He is a neurodivergent (autistic) multidisciplinary artist: Moving-Image, Photography, Writing, Curation, Performance, Visual Art, Social Justice. His work explores coexistence in many forms—individual and collective, social and political, life and death. Allen’s moving image work has been praised for its reflective quality and raw poignance, with critic Stephanie Burke for Art Talk Chicago describing Allen’s video installation, Body Tempest, as “Physically much more than I expected… Killian-Moore enshrouded the projection in a hobo circus-revival tent, blood red and ominous. The tomb-circus-house blur all served to heighten the impact of watching such a tragic event unfold through the filter of a single repetitive act, the pulling and contemplation of hair.” In the fall of 2018, Allen was an Artist In Residence at the North Dakota Museum of Art, and he was the recipient of a Career Development Grant in 2018.