The Female Closet
FOCUS CENTRE SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR - ONE IS NOT BORN, BUT RATHER BECOMES, A WOMAN
The film will be screened in the presence of: Nicole Fernández Ferrer
Nicole Fernández Ferrer is coordinator of the Audiovisual Simone de Beauvoir Centre in Paris (feminist, LGBT+ and film archives, distribution, audiovisual workshops, production, film analysis based on gender issues).
She is currently working with women and young people in jail with a nonprofit organization of prison librarians (screenings, shooting, and film analysis).
Nicole has lectured on women's film & feminist video in New York, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Arequipa, Beijing, Barcelona, Taipei, and served as a jury member in various festivals. She has programmed the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Paris, the Creteil International Women’s Film Festival, and the Racines Noires Festival, among others.
She has also worked as a sound technician and translator for films (Spanish and Portuguese to French). She is board member of the 7ème Genre, Archives du Féminisme, Centre Hubertine Auclert, and Collectif Archives LGBTQI.
She lives and works in Paris.
In "The Female Closet," Barbara Hammer explores the misrepresentation of lesbians in art history through a look at the lives of three female artists, Alice Austen (1866-1952, an early twentieth century Victorian lesbian documentary photographer), Hannah Höch (1889-1978, a Weimar Dadaist artist recognized for her photomontages created during the 1920’s and 30’s in Berlin), and Nicole Eisenman (a contemporary New York painter), using interviews, home movies, archival photographs, photocollages and paintings. This film is a look at the relationship between art, life, and sexuality, examining the museum as closet and the negotiation of visibility, secrecy, codes and knowledge in lesbian history. Barbara Hammer demonstrates how these artists’ sexuality - whether closeted or not - influenced their work, careers, and legacies: this buried history is revealed and lesbian contributions to art can be known. (by Vanina Vignal)
* screenshots : ©The Female Closet / CaSdB
* Adopted by: TRIUMF AMIRIA. The Museum of Queer Culture
awards and festivals
Dallas Video Festival
Festival de Filmes de Femmes, Creteil
Assoc. of Women Journalists Award
National Media Education Festival, Bronze Apple Award
NY, SF, Toronto, and LA, Lesbian and Gay Film Festivals
Charlotte Film & Video Festival
Femme Totale, Dortmund, Germany
Athens International Film and Video Festival