Monday, 25 July 2011

Celluloid Junkies | Twin | Issue 4

For the fourth edition of Twin (S/S 2011), I was commissioned to write about Ruth Hinkel-Pevzner and Eli Cortices whose practices touch on the cinematic.

Extract: London-based artist Ruth Hinkel-Pevzner’s, delves into personal footage and archives from Russia, America and the UK for her compelling shorts. Shown over multiple screens, her sepia characters exist in a celluloid time warp, inviting us into their world of private yet familiar acts. Accompanying each film is an audio narrative written by the artist. “The films play on what is real and imagined,” says Hinkel-Pevzner. “During the editing process the text and visuals are set off against one other so that new layers of meaning emerge. The results are uncanny.”

Extract: Spanish -born artist, Berlin-based artist Eli Cortiñas creates stunning video works that re-contextualise the film footage of great directors such as Cassevetes, Buñuel or Truffaut. The aim is to question the role of women, their development in society and the rules of behaviour. “It is a conscious decision that goes along with an art tradition of reworking something that already exists in order to rewrite a message,” she says. “To add something to it or to load a material that has a certain visual or historical heritage with a new semantic that serves an own purpose and artistic idea.”