At times playful and at others intensely provocative, the cinema of Abigail Child has been a cornerstone of the American avant-garde film movement since the late 1970s/early 1980s. Poet, visual artist, and filmmaker Abigail Child has absorbed the best of mentors like Jonas Mekas, experimental icons like Marie Menken, Len Lye & Arthur Lipsett, and has been a trailblazer for LGBTQIA+ artists alongside fellow game-changers like Barbara Hammer and Yvonne Rainer.
The work is emotionally probing, intellectually challenging, and visually arresting. Every image is a masterful flourish filled with power, and each sounds an alarm, a call to arms for each of us to march forward in our own personal journey.
A destroyer of boundaries and builder of bridges, the work traverses the finest experimental cinema and the very best of the documentary form.
These fantastic works have been lovingly curated in a long overdue career retrospective for Abigail Child, presented at New York’s Anthology Film Archives from March 24th to the 28th, 2023.
About Abigail Child
Abigail Child has been at the forefront of experimental writing and media since the 1980s, having completed more than thirty film/video works & installations and written six books. An acknowledged pioneer in montage, Child addresses the interplay between sound and image to make, in the words of LA Weekly: “brilliant, exciting work…a vibrant political filmmaking that’s attentive to form.”
About Anthology Film Archives
Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema.