Incorporating experimental music, poetry, and improvisation, the award-winning films of London-based artist Beatrice Gibson are shape-shifting explorations of social and political turmoil. In two powerful, deeply connected works—I Hope I’m Loud When I’m Dead (2018), which takes its title from a poem by CAConrad, and Deux soeurs qui ne sont pas soeurs (Two Sisters Who Are Not Sisters) (2019), based on a screenplay by Gertrude Stein—Gibson defines the nature of motherhood and community in an age of contemporary anxiety. Weaving together images of joy and horror with readings by Conrad, Eileen Myles, Alice Notley, filmmakers Ana Vaz and Basma Alsharif, as well as friends and family, Gibson builds an archive of stories, at once triumphant and traumatic, cynical and optimistic, toward a collective future.
2018–19, France/United Kingdom, DCP, ca 50 minutes followed by discussion.
Presented in partnership with the Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, a project of Chicago Filmmakers.
Beatrice Gibson in person
Beatrice Gibson is an artist and filmmaker based in London. In 2019 she had solo exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre in London; Bergen Kunsthall in Norway; and Mercer Union in Toronto. She has twice won the Tiger Award for Best Short Film at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands (2009/13). In 2015 she won the 17th Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel, Switzerland, and more recently was the recipient of the Marian McMahon Akimbo Award at the 2019 Images Festival in Toronto. Her latest film premiered at Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Directors’ Fortnight), Cannes Film Festival 2019.