Film still from We’re Alive, 1974, realized by the Video Workshop of the California Institute for Women and the Women’s Film Workshop of the University of California, Los Angeles., UCLA Film & Television Archive

2022, Jun 19, Sun — 2022, Aug 28, Sun

No Master Territories

Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image

Exhibition, Publication

June 19–Aug 28, 2022

What might a transnational history of nonfiction cinema by and about women look like?

At a time when feminism is enjoying a mainstream resurgence but must be reclaimed from a neoliberal emphasis on individual success, and when the hybridization of documentary and artists’ film occupies a vital place in the landscape of contemporary practices, the exhibition No Master Territories makes a strategic return to the past – both to pay homage to the important work that has come before and to respond to the urgencies of the present.

Bridging the fields of documentary and artists’ film, No Master Territories assembles a plurality of practices to offer an expansive, intersectional account of underappreciated encounters between feminism and the moving image. Across a polycentric, global geography, it delves into how artists and filmmakers have explored the nexus of gender and power, often charting sites at which feminism connects to other struggles for justice.

Part of The New Alphabet

Artists included are, among others, Claudia von Alemann, Chaski Group, Han Ok-hee, Ann Carney & Barbara Phillips, Safi Faye, Mona Hatoum, Nalini Malani, Sarah Maldoror, Annabella Miscuglio, Helke Misselwitz, Michelle Mohabeer, Tracey Moffatt, Gunvor Nelson, Paper Tiger TV, Letícia Parente, Jocelyne Saab, Claudia Schillinger, Anne Severson, Penelope Spheeris, Trinh T. Minh-ha, Agnès Varda, Joyce Wieland

Curators: Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg

The accompanying book will be published by MIT Press in 2022.

Die Ausstellung wird 2023 im Museum of Modern Art in Warschau gezeigt.