A Picture Is Always A Book

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These films shot on 16mm & 8mm in the US reveal the lyrical charge hidden behind an image. Their use of light, composition and words beyond the physicality of the document; their metaphorical and political connotation comes from a poetic approach to the frame. These works share an enthusiasm for discovery, and exhibit spaces in which what is not written is worth more than what was said... The title, A Picture Is Always A Book, is inspired by the book of poems by Robert Seydel (Siglio, 2014). His photo-montages and diaries are part of a retrospective exhibition organized by the Queens Museum in New York.

Curated by Mónica Savirón


  • They Invented Machines (Stephanie Barber, 1997, 16mm, 7min.)
  • Automatic Free Form (Barry Gerson, 1968, 16mm, 20min.)
  • After Writing (Mary Helena Clark, 2008, 16mm, 3min.)
  • Tusslemuscle (Steve Cossman, 2007-2009, 16mm, 5min.)
  • California Picture Book (Zach Iannazzi, 2013, 16mm, 12min.)
  • Spain (Beryl Sokoloff, 8mm, 1962, 18min.)
  • Correspondences II-III-IV (David Beard & Christy Shigekawa, 2013, 8mm stripes on 16mm, 3min.)
  • Variant Chants (Joseph Bernard, 1983, 16mm, 16min.)

September 25th, 19.15h, Lens Escuela de Artes Visuales, Calle Paseo de la Esperanza 5, 28005 Madrid
September 26th, 19:30h, Crater-Lab, Sant Guillem 17, Barcelona



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