Delirium

1993 | 00:23:00 | United States | English | B&W and Color | Mono | 4:3

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Body, Feminism, Health, Humor

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Defiantly humorous in its tone, Delirium reflects Faber’s mother’s personal experience with what has been classified as “female hysteria.”  While never reducing her mother’s condition to a single explanation, Delirium firmly and convincingly links her illness to the historically embattled position women hold in a patriarchal culture. The video layers haunting imagery and humorous iconoclasm, referencing everything from television episodes of I Love Lucy to Charcot’s 19th Century photos of female hysterics. Delirium contends that female mental illness must be understood within the political/social arena, and that in many instances women’s reactions of violence, anger, and depression are indeed sane reactions to abhorrent situations.

This title is also available on Mindy Faber Videoworks: Volume 1.

Exhibitions + Festivals

Dallas Video Festival, 1993

Videonale Bon, 1994

Images Festival of Independant Film and Video (Canada), 1994

Dallas Video Festival, 1996