Film and Feminism (Art-Book Project)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 8:00am to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 5:00pm

This collective work contains a series of art-books developed by the Film and Feminism class held at the Department of World Arts and Cultures/ Dance during the spring quarters of 2014 and 15. These art-books constitute critical-creative responses to mainstream films.  Film and Feminism is an upper division class in which feminist film and postcolonial theories are used as lenses to critically examine mainstream western and non-western films. Close analysis is undertaken to question and appreciate the ways by which films construct and represent gender, specifically the female subject. Through conversations, written assignments and art-books, the class has explored the ideologies, meanings and affects films create while representing female subjects.

In Spring 2014, the class focused on representations of sex-work and in Spring 2015, it studied the constructions of girlhood in mainstream film. The art-books presented here are individual and group responses to some of the key issues in representing female subjectivity. These include themes such as: the male gaze, female spectacle, motherhood, pregnancy, domesticity, girlpower, consumerism, postfeminism, feminist phenomenology, and violence.

The art-books use varied strategies of construction. They are committed to deconstructing, breaking apart and opening films as texts. To do this, each art-book disassembles a DVD case that can be understood as a container and signifier of films as neat forms of entertainment, foreclosed to any further interrogation and problematisation.

Films Studied:

(2014): The Piano, Jane Campion; Un Giorno Speciale, Francesca Comencini; Paakeezah, Kamal Amrohi; Lost in Translation, Sofia Coppola; and, Chandni Bar, Madhur Bhandarkar

(2015): Juno, Jason Reitman; Freeway, Matthew Bright; Morvern Callar, Lynne Ramsay; and,The Bright Star, Jane Campion


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