An absorbing monograph on the first European solo exhibition for New York-based Venezuelan filmmaker, Javier Téllez, participant in two Venice Biennials (2001 and 2003) and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Téllez’s work operates in the interface between fiction and documentary that developed through the auteur movement, to challenge Hollywood’s emphasis on story above all. Perhaps the most successful is his film La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc, in which he juxtaposes, in a dual projection, a reworking of the 1928 silent film of the same title with statements made by 12 psychiatric patients. The resulting film illustrates how easy it is to compare heroism with schizophrenia, asking where the line stands between “normal” and “abnormal”. Also featured is an interview by fellow artist Pedro Reyes, along with four additional essays.
Softcover / 8 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches / 128 pp / 35 b&w and 33 color
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