In Jessica Bardsley’s evocative, award-winning films, landscapes serve as potent metaphors for emotional states. The humid darkness of underground caves, geological striations of the desert, and unfamiliar topographies of celestial bodies become sites to explore pain, fear, resilience, and a desire for transcendence. Bardsley draws her images from iconic films like THELMA & LOUISE and GIRL, INTERRUPTED as well as educational films, documentaries, and her own observational footage, weaving them into exquisite, shape-shifting essays that connect her own personal histories to broader cultural narratives. Bardsley presents a selection of works from the last decade, including THE BLAZING WORLD (2013), THE MAKING AND UNMAKING OF THE EARTH (2018), GOODBYE THELMA (2019), INTO THE CANYON (2014-22), and LIFE WITHOUT DREAMS (2022).
Jessica Bardsley, 2013-22, USA, ca 75 minutes plus audience discussion
Digital video and 16mm