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.