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Carolee Schneemann Film Series

Still image from Fuses by Carolee Schneemann

Carolee Schneemann (1939-2019) is known primarily as a performance artist, but her artistic expression was properly interdisciplinary, spanning painting, sculpture, writing and moving image.

This five-part film series offers the chance to view, in a cinema space, four of her remarkable film works – including her best-known film, Fuses (1964-67), on a newly restored print. It also contextualises her work by placing Schneemann’s work in dialogue with films by her contemporaries that approach similar themes – sexuality, the taboos around women’s bodies, and the experience of viewing human suffering through mediated images.

A double-bill of documentaries offers an engaging and accessible introduction to the artist, while a fifth and final session, programmed by external curating partners Art in Flux, considers her legacy for artists working today and addressing issues of sexuality and gender.

Carolee Schneemann – Film Series is part of the public programme of events surrounding the exhibition Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics (8 Sep 2022 – 8 Jan 2023) in the Barbican Gallery.