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IN NEGOTIATION - Seeing is Believing

Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson

Year: 1992, 60 mins
Code: LHL-Seeing

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A 13-year old girl uses a discarded super-8mm camera to search for her missing father and her own identity.

Film becomes a metaphor for lost history and its “negative” impact on successive generations who are looking for stability in an electronic world that lacks sufficient mediation.

First Prize at the video festival, Vigo Spain. Collection, Museum of Modern Art, New York.

"For over four decades my work has explored the consequences of living in a world of mediated, monitored and manipulated identities as well as the associated impact of simulation on identity and cultural construction – encryption of privacy in an era of surveillance and identity in a time of pervasive and covert media manipulation."  Lynn Hershman Leeson

Over the last five decades, artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson has been internationally acclaimed for her art and films. Cited as one of the most influential media artists, Hershman Leeson is widely recognized for her innovative work investigating issues that are now recognized as key to the workings of society: the relationship between humans and technology, identity, surveillance, and the use of media as a tool of empowerment against censorship and political repression.

Over the last fifty years she has made pioneering contributions to the fields of photography, video, film, performance, artificial intelligence, bio art, installation and interactive as well as net-based media art. ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany, mounted the first comprehensive retrospective of her work titled Civic Radar.  A substantial publication, which Holland Cotter named in The New York Times  “one of the indispensable art books of 2016.”

Lynn Hershman Leeson is a recipient of a Siggraph Lifetime Achievement Award, Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica,  and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. In 2017 she received a USA Artist Fellowship,  the San Francisco Film Society’s “Persistence of Vision” Award and will receive the College Art Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Her five feature films – Strange Culture, Teknolust, Conceiving Ada, !Women Art Revolution: A Secret History, and Tania Libre are all in worldwide distribution and have screened at the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and The Berlin International Film Festival, among others. She was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Prize for writing and directing Teknolust. !Women Art Revolution received the Grand Prize Festival of Films on Art.

Artwork by Lynn Hershman Leeson is featured in the public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Tate Modern, The National Gallery of Canada, and the Walker Art Center in addition to many celebrated private collections.

Currently her work is on view at “Being Modern”,  From the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, at the Louis Vuitton Foundation Center in Paris, “Future Shock”, Site Santa Fe,  and will be in the ICA exhibition “Art and the Internet” which features in its catalogue a conversation between Hershman and Hito Steyerl.

She is represented by Bridget Donahue, New York, Anglim Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco, and Waldburger Wouters, Brussels.

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