Online screening and discussion to mark the publication of a LUX limited edition Blu-ray release of Sarah Pucill’s acclaimed artists’ feature film Confessions To The Mirror (2016)
Amidst a visual extravaganza of costumes and hand-made sets, Sarah Pucill’s film Confessions To The Mirror takes its title from the French Surrealist artist, Claude Cahun’s (1894-1954) incomplete memoir (Confidences au miroir, 1945-1954). Following Cahun’s text, the film includes Cahun’s early and later life and work including her political propaganda activity and imprisonment in Jersey with her partner Suzanne Malherbe during the Nazi occupation of the island. The tracing of life is made conscious through the projection of images of the couples home in Jersey into a domestic London setting.
As a sequel to Pucill’s previous film, Magic Mirror (2013), Confessions To The Mirror continues Pucill’s experiment to bring cinematic life to the photographic and written archive of Claude Cahun. In her new film Pucill animates re-stagings of Cahun’s black and white self-portrait and still-life photographs with voices from Cahun’s text Confidences au miroir, thus collaging and transposing Cahun’s black and white stills and words, into colour and soundscape.
“In Confessions to the Mirror Sarah Pucill continues her mesmerizing conversation with Claude Cahun, which began in her film Magic Mirror (2013). Inspired by Cahun’s photographs, Pucill composes prodigious tableau vivants that she interweaves with Cahun’s writing, upon which a multi-vocal filmic space is created. Out of this, she offers not only a poetic and personal reading of Cahun’s work, but her extraordinary aesthetic provides a space where Cahun’s voice-vision lives on through and with Pucill’s eye.”
Dr Katja Gorska, author, L’Objet garde et livre son secret. Claude Cahun’s Poetry of the Object (2020, transcript Verlag).
A screening of the film will be followed by a discussion between Sarah Pucill with Laura Guy and Maxa Zoller who have contributed new texts to the publication and chaired by Lucy Reynolds.
The event will take place on Vimeo and registrants will be sent the link 24 hours before. Captions will be available for the film, with ai captions for the discussion.
The Blu Ray is available now from the LUX online shop