Oct. 11: Valery Lyman Artist Talk

468 Washington Street @ Mohawk, 2nd Floor

Valery Lyman

All images courtesy of the artist

Filmmaker Valery Lyman will discuss her creative process and her current installation, "Breaking Ground."

This event at the Just Buffalo Writing Center is aimed at young students, ages 12-18. It is FREE and open to the public. No registration is needed.

Images projected on industrial equipment

Lyman spent the past 5 years photographing and recording the sights and sounds of life in the Bakken region of North Dakota documenting the rise of the oil industry there and the massive migration that went along with it. Hers is the most comprehensive visual/aural archive of this time and place in American history. She used the material collected to create an immersive art experience called “Breaking Ground,” in which she projects the images against industrial relics as ambient sounds play in the background.

During her CAI residency, Lyman is delving into the history of Buffalo, including its old steel mills, factories, grain elevators, locks and other leftovers from the city’s industrial past. The new footage will then be incorporated into the artist’s collection of boom-and-bust images and displayed against the backdrop of Silo City.

The installation of "Breaking Ground" will be open to the public Oct. 3-6, 7:00-10:30 PM nightly. It is FREE, self-paced, and no tickets are required.