Filmmaker Leslie Thornton presents a series of shorts and excerpts of her projects, all dealing thematically with relations between Orientalism and Americana. "The Great Invisible," an experimental docu-drama about the 19th-century adventurer Isabelle Eberhardt, will be the centerpiece of the event.
Leslie Thornton is an internationally acclaimed media artist working in film, video, photography and installation. Thornton’s conceptually rigorous and lush work explores the outer parameters of ethnographic and narrative form. She has been honored with numerous awards, including the Maya Deren Award and the first Alpert Award in the Arts for Media; also with Rockefeller Fellowships, and grants from the NEA, NYSCA, and The Jerome Foundation. Thornton’s works have been exhibited worldwide, in venues such as the Whitney Biennial Exhibition, MOMA, Musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, and the Rotterdam, New York, Berlin, Toronto, Buenos Aires and Seoul Film Festivals. Her work is in the collections of MOMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, CalArts, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, and others. She is currently a Professor in Media at Brown University.
Photograph: Leslie Thornton and Abderahman Hellal, merchant and storyteller of the village of Tolga, Algeria. Photographed in 1991 by Susan Slyomovics.
Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies
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