Penny Slinger: Exorcisms
- Penny Slinger: Out of the Shadows
- Great Britain2017
- Richard Kovitch
“Essential viewing for anyone with a passing interest in either British art, second-wave feminism, or experimental cinema from the mid-20th century.”Leslie Felperin, The Guardian
Spanning film, sculpture, collage, and book making, Penny Slinger’s practice of the early 1970s was multifaceted and wholly her own. While her work drew directly from a tradition of surrealism, she offered a challenging counter narrative that repositioned the female body and feminine sexuality within a space that film theorist Laura Mulvey, writing in Spare Rib in 1973, labelled “female phantasy.” Rolling Stone called her 1971 book 50% The Invisible Woman “a major work” — sure to be “as important on your bookshelf as Sgt. Pepper is on your record rack.” And yet by 1982, Slinger — increasingly disillusioned by the conservative (and often blatantly chauvinist) sensibility of many of her contemporaries — decided to leave the contemporary art scene altogether to live in Anguilla in the Caribbean.
Weaving together a diverse and rarely exhibited body of work with insights from curators, collaborators, and the artist herself, Out of the Shadows explores the years leading up to Slinger’s dramatic “disappearance,” tracking the impact and influence of her exhibition and publication practice as well as her collaborations with artists and filmmakers including Jane Arden, Peter Whitehead, and Jack Bond.
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This film is presented as part of “Penny Slinger: Exorcisms,” a weeklong virtual series focusing on the film work of visionary British artist Penny Slinger co-presented by Fillip and The Cinematheque. For more information on Fillip’s publishing program and public event series, please visit fillip.ca.
This program would not have been possible without the help and support of Nicoletta Beyer. Special thanks also to the British Film Institute, Blum & Poe, Jack Bond, and Penny Slinger.