Glass Meet The Future Film Festival 2021

"The Unbaptism"
Mollie McKinley, United states

GLASS MEET THE FUTURE FILM FESTIVAL 2021

20 march 2021 - 04 april 2021

Synopsis

“To unbaptize the earth is to unmark it, that is, to make it disappear from the binary structures that normally mark it as feminine, primitive, or undeveloped in a pejorative sense.” (Ana Mendieta) A hollow vessel of blown glass is egg-shaped, with a void impression where fingers may slip inside. Using this glass egg, water from the Hudson River is poured back into itself, in dialogue with Mendieta’s concept of the unbaptism. A woman performs this exchange on the shoreline. The live audience is comprised of three local men in camping chairs feeding seagulls stale bread (out of frame); the shadows of the circling gulls surround the ritual.

Credits

Filmed and edited by Mollie McKinley, Featuring Eva Deitch, Glass gaffer: Wil Sideman

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ARTIST STATEMENT
Mollie McKinley

Mollie McKinley is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Her practice explores transformation through dialogues with landscape, intersectional feminist thought, care, and alchemy. She works with all stages of transformation cycles, ranging from awkward in-between spaces, to moments of rest, to catalytic physical shifts. She creates site specific, ritual performance in the landscape, recorded as photographs and video. She works in materials such as salt, glass, and land, working to untangle and redefine the relationship between the gendered earth and the body.

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