Beaver Valley

1980 | 00:06:50 | United States | English | B&W and Color | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Gender, Television, Video History

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In this angry answer to the expectations advertising culture places on women and their bodies, Tanaka deftly edits commercial images and sound-bite slogans to underscore the message such images carry: that women exist to please men, as wives, mothers, and lovers. Tanaka balances such mainstream images with black and white footage of herself lying naked next to her own doubled image, rejecting the mainstream model of female sexuality that regularly consists of seductive glances and suggestive poses arranged and pre-ordained for the male gaze of the spectator. The video reveals the commodification of women and their desire.

This title is also available on I Say I Am: Program 1.

Prizes + Awards

Athens Independent Film/Video Festival, 1st Place, 1980