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Peggy Ahwesh (born 1954 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American experimental filmmaker and video artist. She received her B.F.A. at Antioch College. A true bricoleur, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance and scripted dialogue, sync-sound film, found footage, digital animation, and crude Pixelvision video.
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Over the course of her career, Peggy Ahwesh has produced one of the most heterogeneous bodies of work in the field of experimental film and video. A true bricoleur, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance and scripted dialogue, synch-sound film, found footage, digital animation, and crude Pixelvision video.
Peggy Ahwesh came of age in the 1970’s with feminist politics and the experimental film underground. Her formative years were spent in Pittsburgh where she worked for horror director George Romero and as a film programmer at the Pittsburgh Filmmakers, Inc. Originally she worked in the Super 8mm film format and now works in film, video, and digital media.
Peggy Ahwesh, an artist of Syrian descent, feels rooted in a bigger concept of the philosophical and mythic origins of our place in the cosmos. When much animated American video art stays on the level of comic book kitsch, Ahwesh is in a class by herself.
Peggy Ahweshcreates a kind of renegade arte poveraethnography of the everyday, approaching culturally complex issues and individuals with disarming simplicity and intelligence, and with risk-taking vulnerability, humor and abandon.
Peggy Ahwesh American, born 1954 2 works online. Exhibitions Private Lives Public Spaces Through Feb 21, 2021 MoMA Cinema Cavern Jun 24–Sep 24, 2007 MoMA PS1 Animations Oct 14, 2001–Jan 20, 2002 MoMA PS1 Timebomb: A Series of Four Performative Events ...
Since the 1970’s, Peggy Ahwesh has traversed a variety of technologies and styles in her work that forms the basis of her inquiry into feminism, cultural identity and genre. Ahwesh’s art practice insists on political and social topicality and theoretical rigor, while incorporating humor and the absurd in an open embrace of the inexplicable.
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Peggy Ahwesh, The Vision Machine, 1997, film still. Courtesy: the artist and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), NY Ahwesh was the artist in focus at this year’s Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, an event swiftly asserting itself as one of the UK’s most exciting destinations for the exhibition of artists’ film and video.
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Over the last twenty years, Peggy Ahwesh has produced one of the most heterogeneous bodies of work in the field of experimental film and video. A true bricoleur, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance and scripted dialogue, synch-sound film, found footage, digital animation, and crude Pixelvision video.
Peggy Ahwesh has made mesmerizing, experimental films and videos for two decades. Her eclectic works explore gender and cultural identities through deeply textured visuals and fascinating narratives. Her work explores dark themes of ritual, sexual exploration, and death through medium-precise methods, from grainy Super-8 to decayed 16mm to the ...
The Scary Movie Peggy Ahwesh 16mm, color, sound, 9 min Rental format: 16mm
Peggy Ahwesh: I liked this odd couple of the older woman (aka “Jackie Smith”) and the younger woman (starring Alex Auder). I thought that was really provocative. The older woman is what one might call a ‘card shark.’ I just wanted to flip over the heterosexual term because usually there’s an older man with a younger woman.
The filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh recalled the summer of 1983, which she spent in Pittsburgh, as “a very hot summer.” [i] Indeed, temperatures reached almost 100°F in a city known for seasonal climates both steamy and sticky.
From Microscope Gallery, Peggy Ahwesh, Going Wrong (2020), 4k 360-degree video
All serious art presents a challenge to its interlocutors, resists paraphrase and frustrates interpretation. The strange richness of Peggy Ahwesh’s filmmaking throws us up against the paucity of our own language. “Do I have words for what I am seeing?”: watching and re-watching her films provoke this question – the spectre of ineffability.
Peggy Ahwesh: Unsettled States is curated by Katherine Behar, Associate Professor in the Fine and Performing Arts Department in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, CUNY. The exhibition is generously sponsored by the Sandra Kahn Wasserman Jewish Studies Center under the directorship of Professor Jessica Lang.
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Peggy Ahwesh is an American experimental filmmaker based in New York City who has worked in a wide variety of styles and mediums. Her films typically explore issues of gender and cultural identity using alternative narrative structures.
[Faye Gleisser on Peggy Ahwesh]: Ahwesh’s experimental hand-processing and controversial subject matter can be traced to feminist theory, and her exposure to underground experimental films, including works by Werner Herzog, George Amaro, Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith and her teacher at Antioch College, Tony Conrad.
2001, 15 min, color, sound Re-editing footage collected from months of playing Tomb Raider, Ahwesh transforms the video game into a reflection on identity and mortality. Trading the rules of gaming for art making, she brings Tomb Raider's cinematic aesthetics to the foreground, and shirks the pre-programmed "mission" of its heroine, Lara Croft.
A video from 2001. Lara Croft, the virtual girl-doll of the late 20th century, is recast as a triad of her personas: the alien, the orphan, and the clone in this…
The Color of Love. Directed by Peggy Ahwesh. Ahwesh re-works badly deteriorated (and bad) 70s porn into a playful experimental collage where nude bodies and the physicality of …
Peggy Ahwesh is a media artist who got her start in the 1970's with Super 8 filmmaking. Ahwesh’s work creates a kind of renegade ‘ethnography of the everyday,’ approaching culturally complex issues with disarming simplicity and with risk-taking vulnerability.
In this interview, American filmmaker, teacher, and video artist Peggy Ahwesh (b.1954) delves into the key figures and primary texts that have inspired her work in Super-8 and video since the 1970s. She discusses her early influences as a member of the underground art scenes in Pittsburgh in the late 70s and Soho’s Kitchen in the 80s.
Peggy Ahwesh was born in Pittsburgh, PA and currently lives and works between Brooklyn, NY and the Catskills. She is represented by Microscope Gallery, New York. Moving Image was conceived to offer a viewing experience with the excitement and vitality of a fair, while allowing moving image-based artworks to be understood and appreciated on ...
Peggy Ahwesh. Peggy Ahwesh is an American experimental filmmaker and video artist. Born in 1954 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, she received her B.F.A. at Antioch College, Ohio.
From Microscope Gallery, Peggy Ahwesh, Lessons of War (2014), Five-channel HD video installation
American experimental filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh developed her sensibility in the punk rock 70s and early 80s making super-8 films of friends and bands in Philadelphia.
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The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2 Exploitation auteur Doris Wishman (1912–2002) has long been a favorite director of the artist Peggy Ahwesh. Indeed, it was to Wishman that Ahwesh dedicated The Color of Love (1994), her classic experiment in degradation—material and otherwise—by way of found pornography.
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Since 1996 the Women’s Film Preservation Fund has preserved a number of significant experimental and animated works by American women, many of which reflect pioneering approaches and unique voices. These include works by Storm de Hirsch, Barbara Hammer, Peggy Ahwesh, Bette Gordon, and Helen Hill among others.
Peggy Ahwesh’s City Thermogram Will Visualize the Boundless Energy of the Human Body as the April Midnight Moment, Part of Moving Image Art Fair April 1-30, 2015 Every night from 11:57 pm – midnight (New York, N.Y.) March 5, 2015 — Artist Peggy Ahwesh’s City Thermogram, a portrait of the urban everyday through the lens […]
Filmmaker Peggy Ahwesh, professor of film and electronic arts at Bard College, will be at Mount Holyoke on Monday, April 16, giving a screening and discussion titled "Film Bodies: Gender and Genre." The presentation will take place at 7:30 pm in 101 Dwight Hall.
Peggy Ahwesh’s “Verily! The Blackest Sea, the Falling Sky,” from 2017, a two-channel HD video, features snippets from a Taiwanese news organization that uses animation to report the news ...
Peggy Ahwesh (Editor) really liked it 4.00 · Rating details · 5 ratings · 1 review Cultural Writing. Essays. Literary Criticism. Dziga Vertov's 'Man With a Movie Camera' is widely regarded as the definitive modernist statement in film. What fate awaits it--and you, devoted reader--in the current era of political disarray and highspeed ...
Peggy Ahwesh once commented: “Erotic is completely subjective. Erotic is a smell of a flower, the wind in the trees. Bodies are not the easiest things to evoke erotic feelings with. It’s easier to do it with other things: sheets, patterns of color, food.” In short the ‘male gaze’ is undermined not only by the visible story, driven ...
CONTENTS. Some thirty years ago, the artist Peggy Ahwesh began to cultivate a fascination with the films of Doris Wishman, the prolific director behind grindhouse gems like Nude on the Moon (1961), Bad Girls Go to Hell (1965), and Let Me Die a Woman (1977), among many others.By that time, a number of Wishman titles had been released by VHS label Something Weird, and she had …
Peggy Ahwesh's work creates a kind of renegade ethnography of the everyday, approaching culturally complex issues with disarming simplicity and risk-taking vulnerability.A portrait of the urban everyday through the lens of a heat-sensitive camera (on loan from Princeton's MIRTHE lab), "City Thermogram" recasts our photographic world into one of unexpected revelations about our …
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Peggy Ahwesh's work creates a kind of renegade ethnography of the everyday, approaching culturally complex issues with disarming simplicity and risk-taking...
Presented by Peggy Ahwesh, a screening of Romero’s “feminist film" will be shown at the Andy Warhol Museum. Season of the Witch (1972), will be introduced by Canonsburg’s own Peggy Ahwesh a renowned filmmaker and video artist. At this event she will show a screening of her short film Scary Movie (1993) and will talk about the influence of Romero on her work in a discussion …
One of six trailers commissioned for the 15th and final New York Underground Film Festival, April 2--8, 2008 at Anthology Film Archives. www.nyuff.com 2008 t...