I am an experimental filmmaker whose work has been shown extensively in cinemas and galleries nationally and internationally. My practise as a filmmaker constitutes ongoing research, exploring the nature and role of language in intercultural communication. This involves a focus on borders and boundaries, translation and the trans-cultured self.
My practise is firmly based within a Fine Art context using formal techniques of editing and optical printing to explore issues of identity and representation.
My interest in story telling, time and memory, the juncture of personal realities, within film narrative, has led me to work in the gallery space. The journey through the gallery, becomes an edit from one film image to another. The seepage of sound - memory - remembered space and actual place within the geography of the gallery and projected frame becomes an extension of the film making process.
Alia Syed is currently AHRB Research Fellow at Southampton Institute