Self-Portrait with Mother, circa 1976-1945

HD VIDEO, single-channel, color, silent, 00:17:00 (2016)


Centerpiece of the multi-media installation, Portrait: (Auto-)Biography of a Way of Seeing, the video “Self-Portrait with Mother, circa 1976-1945” ponders the ineffability of filial bonds, the inscrutability of loss and memory, and the mutable if not dubious nature of the portrait as an aesthetic mode. An Orphic musing on an orphaned medium, rising from somewhere under the fault between inherited analog archives and our omnipresent, sui generis, digital self-fashionings. Produced in conjunction with an artist residency at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry, Los Angeles, CA.

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