The Delicate Landscape of Crisis
FREIES MUSEUM BERLIN
April 15, 2011
A premier survey of California-based McPhee’s experimental films from 2002-2011 will screen at 21:00 , 15 April , 2011 at Freies Museum, Potsdamer Strasse 91 Berlin http://www.freies-museum.com/
Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr of Director’s Lounge, Berlin.
“Delicate structures arise in the transport of trauma”: Christina McPhee traces landscapes of crisis, performing video montage like drawings in a data-field. From earthquake landscapes in the California desert, to Ground Zero in New York, to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, McPhee tracks the intimate topographies of environmental crisis in America. McPhee (b. 1954 Los Angeles) is a visual and media artist whose films have shown most recently at Art Cologne OpenSpace with Vernissage.tv; Director’s Lounge, Berlin; Cinéphèmère at the Tuileries for FIAC, Paris; San Francisco Cinematheque, and ISEA, Belfast. Christina McPhee is represented by Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
” McPhee…imbues documentary realism with subjective evocation to such an extent that the project effectively displaces the importance of the documentary imag°òs indexicality… Still photographs, composited images and video clips of the landscape, environment and vernacular shrines allow the viewer to piece together the relationship between geological instability and psychological trauma…. “
Sharon LIn Tay, film critic, London (Studies in Documentary Film 2008)