On Photography: Elisabeth Subrin's The Fancy

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012

7 p.m.

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The Fancy, Elisabeth Subrin, 2000, 36 min., video

Image: Elisabeth Subrin, The Fancy (still), 2000; courtesy the artist

In conjunction with the exhibition Francesca Woodman, SF Cinematheque presents Subrin’s oblique portrait of the late photographer. Based on explorations of places where the artist lived and worked and on reenactments and verbal descriptions of her photographs, the film never depicts Woodman or her work, keeping its ostensible subject at a tantalizing distance as a mysterious, ultimately unknowable presence haunting the present. Subrin’s portrait will be screened with additional works exploring topics of photographic representation and gendered portraiture, including Photography Is Easy by Leslie Thornton and (If I Can Sing a Sing About) Ligatures by Abigail Child. (Steve Polta)