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Gwendolyn Audrey Foster - Experimental Filmmaker

Originally from New York City, Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is an award-winning film/video artist, curator, and a prolific author on experimental film, women filmmakers, LGBTQ+ and film history. Co-author of "Experimental Cinema: The Film Reader," Foster's documentary on women filmmakers, "The Women Who Made the Movies," is distributed by Women Make Movies. Foster is Willa Cather Professor Emerita in Film Studies at University of Nebraska.

Foster's films and video installations have premiered at Anthology Film Archives (NYC), MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Outfest (LA), Bi+ Arts Festival (Toronto), The Filmmakers' Coop (NYC); Collective for Living Cinema (NYC), Films de Femmes (Créteil), Forum Yokohama (Japan), Analogica (Italy), Festival Internacional de Cine Experimental Y Vídeo CODEC (Mexico), Studio 44 (Stockholm), BWA Contemporary Art Museum (Poland), Filmhuis Cavia (Amsterdam), nGKB gallery (Berlin) and many other galleries, museums and film festivals around the world. Foster's films and videos are archived at the UCLA Film & Television Archives.

Artist Statement:

As a queer feminist marxist artist, my work explores the aesthetic space between film & video through collage and abstraction techniques. I work in 8mm, 16mm and 35mm film/video. I create some films from found materials, combining elements of Surrealism, eco-feminism, punk, romantic structuralism, détournement and chance editing (automatism). Chance is my favorite collaborator. I compose the music and soundscapes for many of my films, which have been described as surreal, contemplative, and hypnotic. ―Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

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Contents of this portfolio copyright © 2016 - 2021 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  1. Delta of Venus

    A queer Dadaist collage and feminist détournement for Anaïs Nin, French bisexual poet and author of erotica for women.

    On the subject of penning female erotica Anaïs Nin wrote, “I had a feeling that Pandora's box contained the mysteries of woman's sensuality, so different from a man's and for which man's language was so inadequate. The language of sex had yet to be invented. The language of the senses was yet to be explored.”

    “I want my eroticism mixed with love. And deep love one does not often experience. Only the united beat of sex and the heart can create ecstasy.”― Anaïs Nin, author of "Delta of Venus."

    "Delta of Venus," Video and music by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster

    “Delta of Venus" is a détournement from found materials in the Public Domain, or released under a Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain license.

    "Delta of Venus," Music and video by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.

  2. Making Women Great Again

    "Making Women Great Again" honors all who marched in the Women's Marches, particularly in DC, on January, 21, 2017 and all the international Women's Marches..

    "Making Women Great Again" is a film that appears to menstruate: a détournement of a retrograde images from the past. We must not go backwards. The women's movement must move forwards.

    Women are dismantling retrograde sexism, stigma and standing together as one. We will no longer be silenced about workplace harassment and inequality. This is a film for all women and minority groups who are attacked, bullied and oppressed under the current occupation. "Making Women Great Again" honors all the survivors who are coming forth and finally being heard and believed. A film that bleeds. —by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster, queer bisexual feminist punk détournement artist.

    Included in the Directed by Women Film Festival 2017, curated by Barbara O'Leary. A festival of over 10,000 films directed by women. See Directed by Women Channel at Directed by Women Film Viewing Possibilities

    "A sexual revolution begins with the emancipation of women, who are the chief victims of patriarchy, and also with the ending of homosexual oppression."—Kate Millett

    "The soul of our politics is the commitment to ending domination." — from 'Feminism Is for Everybody,' by bell hooks.

    "I do not wish [women] to have power over men; but over themselves." — from 'A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,' by Mary Wollstonecraft.

    "All oppression creates a state of war. And this is no exception. — from 'The Second Sex,' by Simone de Beauvoir.

    See also "Making Gender Great Again Again"

    "Making Women Great Again" is a détournement of a Public Domain newsreel clip from the 1950s - recycled, refashioned, and repurposed.

    "Making Women Great Again"― by Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. Copyright © 2017 Gwendolyn Audrey Foster. All rights reserved.