Mittwoch, 24. April 2013, 19.00 Uhr
«EVERNESS», 2008. Uruguay. Alejandro Cesarco. 12 min
«LES GODDESSES», 2011. USA. Moyra Davey. 61 min
Alejandro Cesarco’s Everness is a fictional short film that focuses on a heterosexual couple. Nevertheless, the suggestion of a narrative is suspended between spoken thoughts on drama as a literary genre (from a discourse on tragedy to the proposition that we are seeing the conclusion of James Joyce’s The Dead unfold in silence), as well as the cinematic depiction of their lives unfolding on the screen with tenderness, sadness, and a silent breakfast. Les Goddesses is the self-study by photographer Moyra Davey on her readings and history as an artist, and how the two connect in the lives of various literary personages and the lives of her subjects. As such, Les Goddesses and Everness are both films in which on-screen voices consider the possibility of a «word that has the power to change one’s life,» to quote one of Cesarco’s protagonists, or a «literature that produces readers».
In Davey’s film it is her reading of Mary Wolstencraft and Goethe that leads her back to her own adolescence among a punk clan of Davey sisters, or «Les Goddesses,» as Wolstencraft’s own daughters were called. For both Davey and Cesarco, to be a reader is to be a maker, texts are mirrors, and these works are lights between the page and the reflection. Two quotes concerning the respective films, then:
«This culmination of Cesarco’s sensibility, methods, and concentrations tills the ground from which a multitude of thorny issues concerned with tragedy and fate, the spirit of romantic passion, and the intricate confines of the couple economy spring forth.»
—Julie Ault, 2009
«Les Goddesses began as an inquiry into the validity of story-telling, specifically: telling one’s own story, and the ambivalence surrounding this drive. The ‘story,’ or some part of it, is finally enabled by the fabrication of a series of coincidences that connect the lives and writings of Mary Wollstonecraft and her daughters, and my five sisters, via a series of B&W portraits I took of them in the early 1980s. Unexpectedly, a meditation on the vicissitudes of photography, as I’ve practiced it over three decades, becomes a central theme of Les Goddesses.»
—Moyra Davey, 2012
These films are shown on the occasion of the exhibition Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel.