Marcel Dzama (born 1974) is a Canadian artist living in New York City. He was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and received his BFA from the University of Manitoba. Dzama works in multiple disciplines to bring his cast of human figures, animals, and imaginary hybrids to life, and has developed an international reputation and following for his unclassifiable art that depicts fanciful, anachronistic worlds. Best known for his elaborate ink and watercolor drawings, Dzama also works extensively in sculpture, painting, collage, and film. The artist is also known for his intricately conceived dioramas and large scale polyptychs that draw from his talents across a range of media. (wikipedia)
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“WO Winnipeg artists are involved in a copyright dispute that is earning national attention.
The Globe and Mail reported Wednesday that the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) has stopped screening a film by New York-based artist Marcel Dzama after he was accused of plagiarism by experimental filmmaker Deco Dawson.
At issue is Dzama's 19-minute film The Lotus Eaters, which he made in 2005 and which Dawson claims borrows uncredited footage from his 23-minute 2001 production, FILM (dzama).
The Globe quotes Dawson as saying he asked Dzama to give him proper credit for using the footage but Dzama did not reply. He then had his lawyer notify the MMCA of Dzama's alleged plagiarism.
Dzama, 35, was born and raised in Winnipeg, where he first achieved prominence as part of the Royal Art Lodge collective. He moved to New York in 2004.
Dawson, 31, a noted director of numerous experimental films and a one-time collaborator with Guy Maddin, still lives here. His Dzama effort was named best Canadian short film at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival.
The MMCA is in the final days of a three-month retrospective of Dzama's work.”
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 22, 2010
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