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Program: Homages & Tributes
Abigail Child will be presented with the 2011 Stan Brakhage Vision Award by Phil Solomon on Sunday, November 6, following the screening of a package of her avant-garde works.
Abigail Child is an internationally recognized media artist, poet, writer, and filmmaker. Child’s signature work is a seven-part series titled Is This What You Were Born For? This provocative and challenging group of films explores issues of genre, representation, sexual identity, and body politics; they also make significant exploratory forays into cinematic form. Mark McElhatten, associate curator of film and video at the American Museum of the Moving Image, calls this series “one of the most assured and important projects to have emerged over the last decade.”
Child started as a documentarian living in San Francisco in the early 1970s. Moving to New York in the mid-1970s, she began making experimental films that examined the disjunctive relations between sounds and images. Child continued to work with montage through the 1980s; her two best-known films from this period include Perils and Mayhem—both included in the festival program. In the 1990s, Child created such works as B/Side, about urban homelessness; Below the New: A Russian Chronicle; and Through the Looking Lass. Since 2000, she has made 17 films, including her latest, completed this year, The Suburban Trilogy and A Shape of Error.
Child has had many solo shows and career retrospectives worldwide, from Portugal and South Korea to Spain and Italy; her work has been seen in major museums and cinémathèques in Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Her awards include a Rome Fellowship and a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, and her films are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others. Finally, she is the author of five books of poetry.
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