New Artist Member: Azian Nurudin

Posted December 19th, 2023 in Announcements, New Acquisitions, New Digital Files, News / Events

Canyon Cinema is pleased to welcome the San Francisco-based artist Azian Nurudin to the collection!

Azian Nurudin was born on Penang Island in Malaysia. She received a BA from Mills College in Oakland, California and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her works have been screened at film/video festivals, galleries, and museums throughout the world. Universities, libraries, and individual collectors have purchased her films and videos. Nurudin has been awarded several grants including a California Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Film Arts Foundation grant, and the Long Beach Museum of Art video production grant.

Nurudin’s Sinar Durjana (Wicked Radiance), which “explores aspects of S/M sexuality in conjunction with the videomaker’s Muslim background” (1993 Asian American International Film Showcase) is now available from Canyon Cinema.

Sinar Durjana (Wicked Radiance) (1991, 5 minutes, b&w, sound, digital file)

The video is a dark, abstract, personal vision delving into Southeast Asian, Muslim, and sadomasochistic imagery. The structural formation utilizes light and dark as in the “Wayang Kulit” (“Shadow Puppet Theatre”). Filmed with the PXL2000 Fisher Price toy camera.