Losing: A Conversation with the Parents

1977 | 00:18:39 | United States | English | Color | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Body, Death and Dying, Family, Feminism, Health, Performance, Video History

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Treating the problem of anorexia nervosa from the parents' perspective, Rosler presents a mother and father speaking about the tragedy of their daughter's death as a result of dieting. The conversation turns toward the irony of self-starvation in a land of plenty and toward the international politics of food, where food aid is used as a negotiating tool. Confronting a serious issue, Rosler simultaneously sets into play the confessional form and the ghoulish staginess of talk show dramatics.