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Whitney Screens:
Adelita Husni-Bey and Maia Ruth Lee

Fri, July 17, 2020
7 pm

Online, via Vimeo

Engage with video art from the Museum's collection while you’re at home with Whitney Screens. This week's screening will present two films: Adelita Husni-Bey's After the Finish Line (2015) and Maia Ruth Lee's The Stranger (2018).

Adelita Husni-Bey’s After the Finish Line addresses the trap of the pursuit of perfection. The film, made in collaboration with teenage athletes who have sustained sporting injuries, unfolds as a discussion with the artist about their relationships to competition, success, and failure, and how to counter the alienation of competition with their empathetic and honest dialogue.

In The Stranger, Maia Ruth Lee subtitles research footage shot by her father in the Himalayas in the late 1980s with her own recent journal entries, written during her pregnancy and on a post-birth visit to her family in Nepal. The slippage between the male voice of the soundtrack and Lee's written reflections on being an artist, mother, daughter, and partner re-frames her father’s linguistic fieldwork within larger questions of identity, language, and subjectivity.  

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