The Fancy

Elisabeth Subrin

2000 | 00:35:21 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Death and Dying, Feminism, Gender, Photography, Sexuality

The Fancy is a speculative, experimental work that explores the life of Francesca Woodman (1958-1981), evoked by the published catalogues of and about her photographs. Structural in form, the video radically reorganizes information from the catalogues in order to pose questions about biographical form, history and fantasy, female subjectivity, and issues of authorship and intellectual property.

“Continuing her exploration of experimental biographical forms, the maker of Swallow and Shulie turns her critical gaze to the life and art of a renowned young female photographer whose early death left behind a controversial body of work rife with psychosexual implication. Rigorously structural in form, this speculative bringing-to-light meticulously sifts physical evidence and sketchy facts in an attempt to uncover the traces of a seemingly suppressed history embedded behind the photographer’s pictures.”

—Nicole Armour, “Disappearing Acts,” Film Comment 36:6 (November/December 2000) 

This title is also available on Elisabeth Subrin Videoworks.

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Exhibitions + Festivals

Transmediale Festival (Germany), 2001

Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2001


Sue Scott Gallery, Elisabeth Subrin: Her Compulsion to Repeat, January 23-February 28 2010

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