Open House + Community Conversation
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Presented by MoMI’s Neighborhood Council
Join MoMI’s Neighborhood Council for an open house and community conversation all centered on the neighborhood of Astoria, accompanied by short clips of Astoria through the years. The conversation will be followed at 5:30 p.m. by a FREE community screening of local Egyptian artist Bassem Yousri’s film The Wardrobe Man. A reception with coffee and cookies will precede the open house. The discussion will be led by Seung Hee Kim, Director of Local Project; Dana Kuefner, Program Director of Queensview / North Queensview NORC, Selfhelp Community Services; and others to be announced.
The Wardrobe Man is a work of experimental docu-fiction by artist Bassem Yousri, who finds himself in the West Jutland area, in Denmark, on a research mission about the life of the peculiar Wardrobe Man. Æ Skawmand (the Wardrobe-Man, Kristian Vandet Jørgensen) was a hermit who lived in his wardrobe by the shore of Oddesund, Denmark, from 1917 until he died in 1956. From inside Skawmand’s wardrobe in Cairo, Yousri tells the story of his research to his friend Shadi. The film combines documentary footage and archival material with fictional scenes. The lines between fact and fiction are blurred. In The Wardrobe Man, Yousri attempts to grasp the relationship between geography, reality, history, and imagination. In Danish, English, and Arabic with subtitles in English and Arabic.
Admission is free. Please RSVP using this form. Tickets for the film will be given out first-come, first-served on the day of the screening at the admission desk.