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Subversive Elements

Cecelia Condit Videos

Introduced by Cecelia Condit, followed by a Q&A with Meredith Sellers


With morbid wit, Condit constructs collages of processed video, Super-8 film, found footage, original music and sung dialogue, layering autobiographical and archetypal references, popular and classical genres — from soap operas to fairy tales, music clips to gothic horror. Condit's elliptical narratives, which have been termed "feminist fairy tales," put a subversive spin on the traditional mythologies of female representation, especially the psychologies of sexuality and violence, or of aging and loss. Writes Condit: "I consider myself a storyteller whose work swings between beauty and the grotesque, humor and the macabre, innocence and cruelty. My videos explore the dark side of female subjectivity and address the fear, aggression and displacement that exist between ourselves and society, ourselves and the natural world."

 

Beneath the Skin

US, 1981, video, 12 min.

 

Possibly in Michigan

US, 1983, video, 12 min.

 

Annie Lloyd

US, 2008, video, 17 min.

 

Pulling up Roots

US, 2015, video, 9 min.

 

Some Dark Place

US, 2016, video 5 min.

 

Tales of a Future Past

US, 2017, video, 8 min. 

Cecelia Condit was born in 1947. She received a B.F.A. in sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art and an M.F.A. in photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, American Film Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. She is currently Professor of Film and Director of Graduate Studies in Film at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Meredith Sellers is an artist and writer living and working in Philadelphia. She received her MFA in 2012 from University of Pennsylvania in Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010 in Painting and Art History. She is an editor for Title Magazine, writes regularly for Hyperallergic, and has had her writing appear in ArtsJournal, Pelican Bomb, The Artblog, The St. Claire, and Daily Serving. She has exhibited her work at ICA Philadelphia, Lord Ludd, Vox Populi, the Icebox Project Space, and Delaware County Community College, among others.

 

Special thanks to Rebecca Cleman and Electronic Arts Intermix