Reading: Jean Genet
Un Chant D'Amour / Jean Genet in Chicago
Un Chant d’Amour
dir. Jean Genet, France, 1950, 16mm, b/w, silent, 26 min.
Un Chant d’Amour (“A Song of Love”) is the only film by French writer and political activist Jean Genet. Initially banned for its explicit homosexual imagery, the film zeros in on the tenderness and cruelty of longing for human contact between a voyeuristic guard and two prisoners.
Jean Genet in Chicago
dir. Frédéric Moffet, US/France, 2006, video, 26 min.
Media artist Frédéric Moffet calls Jean Genet in Chicago “a queer rewriting of the events surrounding the 1968 National Democratic Convention.”
In addition to the night’s screenings, artist Moyra Davey will be at IHP to talk about the use of a text by Genet in her current work, followed by “readings” of that passage by special guests.
This program is co-hosted by the Institute
of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the
exhibition Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries, and is part of a new programmatic
thread “READING” that looks at contemporary culture through the acts of
reading, writing, and publishing.