Pistolary! Films and Videos by Peggy Ahwesh

Posted by | Conversations at the Edge | Posted on | April 26, 2007

Thursday, April 26, 2007, 6pm | Peggy Ahwesh in person!

Peggy Ahwesh, Nocturne (1998). Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank.
Peggy Ahwesh, Nocturne (1998). Image courtesy of the Video Data Bank.

Since the early 1980s, Peggy Ahwesh has created “a kind of renegade arte povera ethnography of the everyday” (Mark McElhatten). Drawing from horror films, psychoanalysis, and the writings of Bataille, her films and videos are sublime studies of culturally complex subjects: sexual pleasure, relationships, and notions of the self. The young Martina plays baby and mother in Martina’s Playhouse (1989); rotting emulsion censors 70s skin in The Color of Love (1994); and Lara Croft gains subjectivity in She Puppet (2001). Also on the program are Nocturne (1998); 73 Suspect Words & Heaven’s Gate (2000); and additional rarities from Ahwesh’s personal collection. Co-presented by CATE and the Video Data Bank in conjunction with VDB’s release of the 3-disc DVD anthology, Pistolary! Films and Videos by Peggy Ahwesh. 1989-2001, Peggy Ahwesh, US, ca. 85 min, various formats.

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