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"Unsettled" is a single channel video in color, with stereo sound. The work is a sarcastic and somber piece, looking at the power relations between an individual and an institution. Through construction of surreal, almost claustrophobic imagery, the work examines the influence of economic, and political structures on shaping individual opinions on wealth and politics, on marking acceptable determinations and views, institutionalized knowledge, and indoctrination of the society.

The video starts with mocking advertising pitches suggesting to find you an approved, and registered opinion, voice, that is “safe” for you and your environment. Why go into the trouble of thinking for yourself when you can comfortably adopt views that are “registered, tested, and approved.” After the sarcastic sales pitches happily suggesting to modify, improve, and fit you into the correct and approved way of being, the work gradually slides into a more meditative phase involving quotes from “Dialogues” by Gilles Deleuze on fixed social determinations.

"Unsettled" does not seek to create a fruitless duality of “us” people vs. “them” institutions, since the structures we live in are after all entirely human-made. The work is more of a contemplation on the subject of institutional power, including on how seductive, and at the same time corrosive and suppressive it can be.

  • Anna Grigorian
  • Anna Grigorian
  • Anna Grigorian
  • Julia Thomas
    Key Cast
  • Vronsky Belizaire
    Key Cast
  • Amber Jackson
  • Julia Thomas
  • Vronsky Belizaire
  • Ashod Nakashian
    Camera and sound recording assistance
  • Kaja Levy
    Camera and sound recording assistance
  • Adam Tadros
    Camera and sound recording assistance
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2019
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  • Exploding Cinema
    United Kingdom
    February 24, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Black Cat Award International Film Festival
    Online Festival/Awards Event
    November 11, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Art Film Awards - Monthly Competition
    Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
    August 31, 2022
    Finalist - Experimental Film Category
  • Festival Miden
    September 1, 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Anna Grigorian

Currently, she is working in the mediums of video art and installation. Employing the surreal, the uncanny and “silly”, absurdist humor, her practice revolves around questioning the power relations between individuals, and sociopolitical systems. Her pieces are aimed at disrupting the habitual, and presenting the reality under an unexpected angle.

The main inspiration for her work comes from facing and challenging accepted socioeconomic realities, unspoken rules on individual well being, fixed structures that influence and often dictate our life. Constructing absurd, surreal situations and using humor allows her to present the accepted norms, and dominant structures of our society from a different angle.

Selected exhibitions and screenings

2020 Thessaloniki, Greece. Festival Miden (online screening because of COVID-19)

2019 MOMus-State Museum of Contemporary Art. Videoland. Screenings in Thessaloniki, Greece

2018 1st BCK Film Symposium. Balkan Can Kino, Screening in Athens, Greece

2018 ARTROC Le QUAI-développement interculturel Quartier des Arts MONTCALM; (curators: Alexandra Bérubé, Béatrice Larochelle, Kasia Basta) Quebec City, Canada

2018 "ONE SHOT" International Short Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia

2018 Fest Miden, Video Art. Greece

2018 fliQs: Queer film night. Energy (jurors, organizers: Mélissa Tamporello, Logan James) Screening at Notre Dame Des Quilles, Montreal

2018 Altered States Intermedia Department Graduating Exhibition, Installation at Eastern Bloc, Montreal

2017 fliQs: Queer film night. Fluidity (jurors, organizers: Mélissa Tamporello, Logan James) Screening at Notre Dame Des Quilles, Montreal

2017 fliQs: Queer film night. Revolutions (jurors, organizers: Mélissa Tamporello, Logan James) Screening at Notre Dame Des Quilles, Montreal

2016 Bad Movie Night (curator: Daniel Rig) Screening at Bad Lunch, Montreal

2016 HI LATENCY (curator: Robert Scalia) Installation at The Mothership, Montreal

2016 Bring Your Own Beamer (curators: Lesya Nakoneczny, Amelia Robitaille, Michael Langiewicz) Installation at Bad Lunch, Montreal

2015 White Noise//Dark Matter Installation at Le Réacteur, Montreal

2014 Movements in the Dark (curator: Catherine Laframboise Desjardin) Installation at Studio 7, Montreal


2016 Art to Art collaborative exhibition between Art History and Studio Arts departments in Concordia. Project by Dr. Loren Lerner. Montreal

2016 Centerfold VII (curators/jurors: Brittne Potter, Sandro Papais, Adam Heard Rutledge, Nadim El-Asmar), Montreal

2016 Art Matters x Nuit Blanche (jurors: Hélène Sharp, Timothy O'Donnell Schauer) Mainline Theater, Montreal

2015 Salonesque Montreal Arts Interculturels (MAI)

2013 Through the Window Les Journees de la Culture a Montreal (curator: Natasha Henderson) Fleurbain, Montreal

2013 Pop-Up Art Expo Fringe Festival, GallerieFRINGE MTL, Montreal

2012 Fairytales in the City (curator: Natasha Henderson) Fleurbain, Montreal

2012 The Heat of Summer Montreal Art Center

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Director Statement

Employing silly humor, and absurd imagery, I question the accepted norms, and structures of our society. My shorts do not follow a traditional narrative. Rather, using minimal camera movements, I work with the connection of camera frame and reality inside and outside of it, as well as montage as one of the key creative tools to warp the reality and present it under an unexpected angle.