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Presentation of 4 Women / 4 Films—a project by the artist Cynthia Madansky

6 November 2018
19:30–21:00

DESCRIPTION

As part of ESFIR—a project within Garage’s Field Research program—American artist Cynthia Madansky will present her video works dedicated to the specifics of “female writing”, the difference between languages, and the possibilities of interpretation and translation.

Each of Madansky’s four short videos is based on a text written by an iconic literary figure in the history of a certain place and time: writer and literary theorist Gertrude Stein (USA), novelist Clarice Lispector (Brazil), philosopher Simone Weil (France), and punk poet Katerina Gogou (Greece). Part of a larger series about international female authors, Madansky’s hybrid Super 8 and Super 16 films included in the presentation feature various experimental cinematographic techniques, performance, and dance.

The launch of 4 Women / 4 Films is a prologue to Madansky’s Garage Field Research project, where she plans to explore Russian feminist performance and video art from the 1960s until now, as well as research archival materials about the Soviet female filmmaker Esfir Shub to create a film based on Shub’s unrealized script entitled Women.

The presentation of the videos will be accompanied by the artist’s live commentary.

ABOUT THE LECTURER

 

Cynthia Madansky works with 16mm, super 8, and video, creating films and videos which integrate hybrid forms and traditions including experimental tropes, cinema verité, scripted narrative, ethnographic observation, and dance and performance. Her work engages with cultural and political themes, such as identity, nationalism, the transgression of borders, displacement, nuclear arms, and war, foregrounding the human experience and personal testimony.

Her films have screened at international festivals including, The Rotterdam Film Festival, The Berlin Film Festival, The Iran International Documentary Festival, Milano International Film Festival, Cinema du Réel, Oberhausen, Transmediale, Viennale, Homeworks Beirut and at international human rights film festivals. She has screened her work as single channel cinematic projections and multi-screen installations at the Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul Modern, Yerba Buena Center, MAXXI, Walker Art Museum, MUSAC, and SALT Istanbul.

VIDEO WORKS

KG

Super 8mm, 10 min. 2018

KG ruminates through performance and a portrait of Athens, on excerpts from poems in a book of poetry by Katerina Gogou entitled Three Clicks Left.


Willie and Brewsie

16mm, 12 min. 2018

Shot in the northeast United States landscape, Willie and Brewsie reflects on the contemporary resonances of the last novella written by Gertrude Stein in 1946 entitled Brewsie and Willie.


GRACE + GRAVITY

16mm, 7 min. 2017

GRACE + GRAVITY is a dance film that interprets the philosophical writings by Simone Weil from Gravity and Grace.


Viva Àgua

16mm, 12 min. 2015

Viva Àgua is an experimental narrative that reflects on quotidian musings of Clarice Lispector from her poetic novel Àgua Viva.

HOW TO TAKE PART

Free admission with advance registration.

Presentation will be held in English with interpreting into Russian.  

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