The April 29 2010

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Through the Lens of the Female Gaze

une programmation vidéo commissariée par paulette phillips, toronto

Thursday April 29, 8pm

 Girls! Girls! Girls! – Through the lens of the female gaze - is the subject of this funny, dark and psychologically gripping selection of international videos by artist Paulette Phillips.  Spanning a decade of recent works by Miranda July (US), Corinna Schnitt (Germany), Jennet Thomas (UK), Cecelia Nygren (Sweden) and Ann Course (UK) – Phillips has compiled an evening’s glimpse at the female subject imagined and real.  The screening promises to be a mélange of stylistic approaches that range from simple animation, Hollywood appropriation, subtle explorations of claustrophobic anxiety to adolescent speculation on the dark unknown territory of sexuality. 

Paulette Phillips was born in Nova Scotia and during her career has established an international reputation for her tense and uncanny explorations of the phenomena of conflicting energies. She works in film and sculpture with an interest in the contradictions that play out in our construction of stability. Her work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Tatton Park Biennial, Berlin Film Festival's Expanded Forum, The Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, The Power Plant in Toronto and Heidelburger Kunstverein. 

Recent solo exhibitions include Shakey Legs at Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art in London and “History Appears Twice…” at Diaz Contemporary, Toronto and National College of Art and Design in Dublin.  Upcoming in May 2010 her work will be part of the exhibition Parallel Histories at the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. Phillips teaches at The Ontario College of Art and Design.