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Vever(for Barbara)

Deborah STRATMAN

  • Guatemala
  • 2019
  • 12min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • color

SYNOPSIS

A cross generational binding of three filmmakers seeking alternative possibilities to power structures they are inherently part of. The film, which grew out of abandoned film projects of Maya Deren and Barbara Hammer, encountered an initiation in 1950’s Haiti. A vever is a symbolic drawing used in Haitian Voodoo to invoke a Loa, or god. 

PROGRAM NOTE

Quilts, flowers, baby pigs, and a woman's face staring in an “abandoned” film—where do these images belong? These belong to the shots of Maya Deren's failure in Haiti and Barbara Hammer's uncompleted film in Guatemala. And then, the director Deborah Stratman weaves the two directors' gazes together and begins to invoke the god in a montage of witchcraft. The director’s intent is bound to fail, and the artist must be defeated. The abandoned images “abandonedly” make their way, and the relationship of domination and subordination is liberated. [JANG Yunmi]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
105 2023-08-25 | 14:30 - 15:52 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 5
334 2023-08-27 | 19:30 - 20:52 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 7

Director

  • Deborah STRATMAN

    Artist and filmmaker Deborah Stratman makes work around issues of power, control and belief, exploring how places, ideas, and society are intertwined. She regards sound as the ultimate multi-tool and time to be supernatural. She is a Fulbright, Guggenheim and United States Artist Fellow, the recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Sundance Art of Nonfiction Award and grants from Creative Capital, Graham Foundation, Harpo Foundation, Shifting Foundation and Wexner Center for the Arts. She lives in Chicago where she teaches at the University of Illinois.

     

Credit

  • Cinematographer Barbara HAMMER
  • Editor Deborah STRATMAN
  • Sound Deborah STRATMAN

CONTACT

Deborah STRATMAN | delta@pythagorasfilm.com