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13 Dec 2020

IQMF & Cobra Museum: a screening of the film Magic Mirror (by Sarah Pucill) and a conversation about identity, queer culture and Claude Cahun

The Cobra Museum partnered up with the International Queer and Migrant Film Festival from Amsterdam and Cinema Amstelveen to bring you a one-day event on Sunday 13 December, organized in the framework of the exhibition Under the Skin – Claude Cahun. The program takes place at Cinema Amstelveen and consists of a film screening of the Surrealist film Magic Mirror by Sarah Pucill, followed by a panel talk focusing on gender, identity, feminism and surrealism. 


Tickets for the live event are sold out, but you can still attend the event via a livestream. Click here to go to the livestream.

Magic Mirror (70 min., 2013) combines a re-staging of the French Surrealist artist Claude Cahun’s black and white photographs with selected extracts from her book Aveux non avenus. In Surrealist kaleidoscopic fashion the film creates a weave between image and word, exploring the links between Cahun’s photographs and writing as well as between those of the films of Sarah Pucill, as both artists share similar iconography and concerns. Cahun’s multi-subjectivity as expressed in both her book and photographs, set the scene for the film, where she dresses and makes her face up in so many different ways, swapping identities between gender, age and the inanimate. Part essay, part film poem, Magic Mirror translates the startling force of Cahun’s poetic language into a choreographed series of Vivantes Tableaux, intermixed with stagings from her writing.

Magic Mirror was deliberately chosen for the screening in order to resonate with the film Confessions To The Mirror (68 min., 2016), also made by Pucill, which is currently screened at the Cobra Museum as part of the exhibition Under the Skin- Claude Cahun.

After the film, we will host a panel discussion focusing on the notion of gender and identity. This panel discussion will bring together the writer and philosopher Simon(e) van Saarloos, Sudeep Dasgupta, Associate Professor from the Department of Media & Culture of the University of Amsterdam, and artist and filmmaker Sarah Pucill (via an online connection). The panel will be moderated by the Dutch art director and fashion journalist Aynouk Tan.

If you have time, make sure to visit the Cobra Museum before or after the event. The current exhibition Under the Skin – Claude Cahun focuses on the life and work of the artist and her partner Marcel Moore. If you present your online ticket to the IQMF x Cobra Museum screening, you will receive a special 15% discount on a selection of products at the shop and cafe of the Cobra Museum.

18:00 hrs-19:15 hrs: film screening
19:30-19:00 hrs: panel

Practical information:
Date and time: Sunday 13 December, 18.00 hrs
Location: Schouwburg Amstelveen
Tickets for the live event are sold out, but you can still attend the event via a livestream. Click here to go to the livestream.

The livestream has been made possible by DutchCulture.

Simon(e) van Saarloos: they (1990, Summit, New Jersey) is a writer and philosopher based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. They published several books in Dutch including a novel and a collection of columns. In Enz. Het Wildersproces, Van Saarloos shares a feminist and queer report of the trial against the Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders. Their writing centres on the philosophy of nonmonogamy, queerness and identity.

Sudeep Dasgupta: he is an Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He lectures and has published extensively in the fields of global media, aesthetics, post-colonialism, gender and sexuality.

Sarah Pucill: her publicly funded films have been shown in galleries and won awards at festivals internationally. The majority of her films take place within the confinements of domestic space, where the grounded reality of the house itself becomes a portal to a complex and multi-layered psychical realm. In her explorations of the animate and inanimate, her work probes a journey between mirror and surface, in which questions of representation are negotiated. At the heart of much of the work is a concern with the image as a still, whether literally or symbolically.

Aynouk Tan: they is a (fashion) journalist, curator, lecturer and activist specialized in the relationship between appearance and identity politics. By observing appearance from an anthropological point of view they aim to deconstruct colonial, neoliberal and heteronormative narratives.


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