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Mitchell's Death

1977 | 00:22:20 | United States | English | B&W | 4:3 | Video

Collection: Early Video Art, Single Titles

Tags: Death and Dying, Performance, Religion/Spirituality, Ritual, Video History

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Using performance as a means of personal transformation and catharsis, Mitchell’s Death mourns the death of Montano’s ex-husband. Every detail of her story, from the telephone call announcing the tragedy, to visiting the body, is chanted by Montano as her face, pierced by acupuncture needles, slowly comes into focus then goes out again. The chanting is reminiscent of Buddhist texts, while the needles signify the pain that is necessary for healing and understanding.

This title is also available on I Say I Am: Program 2.

Exhibitions + Festivals

Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 2014

Centro Cultural Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz, re.act.feminism #2, October 6 2011-September 1 2013