Cassandra Celestin’s films use documentary visual modes to translate and expand the possibilities of historical research on material objects of the everyday.
Cassandra Celestin is a filmmaker and lens-based artist whose work draws on object-based inquiry and techniques from historical, archaeological, and material culture research. Her work focuses on the built environments and other physical traces of past individuals and communities that often go unnoticed, especially small things from the domestic and trade spheres. She received an MA from Bard Graduate Center in New York in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture (2016 – 2018) and is co-founder of the Syros International Film Festival in Greece (founded 2013) where she also initiated the Alternate Paths public workshop and artist residency (2020 – 2022.)
Cassandra’s films have screened at festivals and art events around the world, most recently at Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival (2022), FRACTO (2022), Les Inattendus (2022), London Short Film Festival (2022), Rockaway Film Festival (2022), and Athens Film and Video Festival (2022).
Water & Wall
HD Video / 09:00 min / 2021
The Dutch settler town lying beneath Manhattan’s current financial district seen through a mosaic of material remains and landscapes, an entanglement of things past and present.