Suneil Sanzgiri: Golden Jubilee

September 1 – October 22, 2022
Thursday – Saturday, dusk – 11pm
Everson Museum Plaza
401 Harrison Street

Related Events

Screening + Q&A: If I Were to Be Alive
In-person: November 10
Streaming online: December 1

Light Work’s Urban Video Project (UVP) presents Suneil Sanzgiri: Golden Jubilee. The installation will be on view from September 1 – October 22, 2022 as part of If I Were to Be Alive.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Sanzgiri and Los Ingrávidos will be present for an in-person screening and Q&A on Thursday, November 10 at 6:30pm EST at the Everson Museum’s Hosmer Auditorium, as well as a streaming event on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm EST.

About the Work

Suneil Sanzgiri: Golden Jubilee
Year: 2021 | Duration:18:30

What is liberation when so much has already been taken?  In Golden Jubilee, Sanzgiri reconsiders ideas of freedom, loss, and recovery in the wake of colonial and neo-colonial theft. The film asks us to consider “what is liberation when so much has been lost?” Reflecting on the contradictions in the pursuit of ‘preservation,’ the filmmaker creates a 3d virtual rendering of his father’s home in Goa using the same technologies of surveillance that mining companies use to extract iron ore in the region. Sanzgiri’s signature blend of 16mm sequences, 3D renders, direct animation, and desktop aesthetics are vividly employed in this lush and ghostly look at questions of heritage, culture, and the remnants of history.

About the Artist

Suneil Sanzgiri is an artist, researcher, and filmmaker. His work spans experimental video and film, animations, essays, and installations and contends with questions of identity, heritage, culture, and diaspora in relation to structural violence. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a Masters of Science in Art, Culture, and Technology in 2017. His film At Home But Not At Home made its World Premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, in January 2020, with a nomination for the Found Footage Award. His follow-up film “Letter From Your Far-Off Country” made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival in the fall of 2020 and was entered into the Ammodo Tiger Shorts Competition at IFFR in 2021. Sanzgiri’s work has been screened extensively at festivals and venues around the world, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Fest, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Doc Lisboa, Viennale, e-Flux, REDCAT, the Menil Collection, the Block Museum, and the Criterion Collection, and has won awards at BlackStar Film Fest, Open City Docs Fest, and more. Residencies and fellowships include SOMA, MacDowell, Pioneer Works, Flaherty NYC, and Sentient Art Film’s inaugural Line of Sight fellowship. His work has been supported by grants from Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Field of Vision, and the Foundation for Contemporary Art. He was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in Filmmaker Magazine’s Fall 2021 Issue and in Art in America’s “New Talent” issue in 2022.

UVP 2022-23: The Porous Body of the Earth

This exhibition and event are part of UVP’s 2022-23 programming year, The Porous Body of the Earth, featuring artists who explore issues of environmental racism and regimes of violent extraction.


This project was made possible with funds from the County of Onondaga through the Tier Three Program administered by CNY Arts.