Nun and Deviant

Nancy Angelo, Candace Compton Pappas

1976 | 00:20:28 | United States | English | B&W | Mono | 4:3 |

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Feminism, Gender, Performance, Video History

A classic example of feminist performance videos of the 1970s, which often incorporated autobiography, expansion of self through personae, and assertions of a new identity for women. In Nun and Deviant the performers come to happier terms with their identities both as women and as artists. As Angelo and Compton don and dismantle stereotypical guises before the camera/viewer, Nun and Deviant explores how repressive representations circulating in our culture are formulated as opposites such as Madonna-whore (nun-deviant)—cliches that force women to assume restrictive, paradoxical roles.

An excerpt of this title (13:00) is also available on Surveying the First Decade: Volume 1.

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