2022, Jun 19, Sun — 2022, Aug 28, Sun
No Master Territories
Feminist Worldmaking and the Moving Image
Embracing the moving image as a wellspring of feminist imagination
At a time when feminism is enjoying a mainstream resurgence but must be reclaimed from a neoliberal emphasis on individual success, and when the hybridization of documentary and artists’ film occupies a vital place in the landscape of contemporary practices, the exhibition No Master Territories makes a strategic return to the past. By revisiting the period of the 1970s to 1990s, it aims both to pay homage to the important work that has come before and to respond to the urgencies of the present.
Bridging the fields of documentary and artists’ film, No Master Territories assembles a plurality of practices to offer an expansive, intersectional account of underappreciated encounters between feminism and the moving image. Across a polycentric, global geography, it maps how artists and filmmakers have explored the nexus of gender and power and charts sites at which feminism connects to other struggles for justice.
Curators: Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg
Part of The New Alphabet
Helke Misselwitz, Winter adé (After Winter Comes Spring)
Winter adé is a collective portrait of East German women and girls across generations. Helke Misselwitz begins the film in the first person, relaying the story of her life over images of her birthplace. From there, she undertakes a journey that goes far beyond her own autobiography, traveling from one end to the other of a country that would soon cease to exist.
“I know many women whose longings and anxieties I share,” she says in voiceover as she sets out “to see how others have lived and how they want to live.” Through a series of intimate conversations that bridge the “I” and the “we,” Winter adé challenges official narratives of gender equality under socialism, installing in their place a polyvocal account of female experience that foregrounds contradiction, individuality and historicity on the eve of an immense socio-political transformation.
35 mm, 116 min, German Democratic Republic 1988
Photo © DEFA-Stiftung, Thomas Plenert
No Master Territories comprises a gallery presentation and a cinema program that repeats weekly throughout the duration of the exhibition. Special screenings in the presence of directors and other contributors complement the exhibition, as do a podcast and an online cinema.
The accompanying book will be published by MIT Press in 2022.
The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw in 2023.
Claudia von Alemann
Berwick Street Film Collective
Camille Billops/James Hatch
Susana Blaustein Muñoz
Dionne Brand/Ginny Stikeman
Anna Carini/Rony Daopulo/Paola De Martis/Maria Grazia Belmonti/Annabella Miscuglio/Loredana Rotondo
Ann Carney/Barbara Phillips
Jo Davis/Lis Rhodes
Zeinabu irene Davis
Maricarmen de Lara
Gardi Deppe/Barbara Kasper/Brigitte Krause/Ingrid Oppermann/Tamara Wyss
Michie Gleason / Kathy Levitt / Christine Mohanna
Zora Neale Hurston
Ana Victoria Jiménez
Olga Khodataeva/Nikolai Khodataev
Ketty La Rocca
Robin Laurie/Margot Nash
Kate Millett/Sophie Keir
Gunvor Nelson/Dorothy Wiley
Paper Tiger TV
Parituh (Kim Soyoung)
Alice Ann Parker (Severson)
Mirha-Soleil Ross/Mark Karbusicky
Gundula Schulze Eldowy
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Elena Baumeister/Johanne Hoppe/Inga Selck
Ricardo Matos Cabo