Chantal Akerman: Afterlives

Marion Schmid (Editor), Emma Wilson (Editor)

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Chantal Akerman was one of the most significant directors of our times. A radical innovator of cinematic forms, she was at the forefront of feminist and women’s filmmaking. In the 1990s, she developed an important installation practice and began to experiment with self-writing.

Focusing on Akerman’s works of the last two decades, a period during which she diversified her creative practice, this collection traces her artistic trajectory across different media. From her documentaries ‘bordering on fiction’ to her final installation, NOW, the volume elucidates the thematic and aesthetic concerns of the later works, placing particular emphasis on self-portraiture, the exploration of intimacy, and the treatment of trauma, memory and exile. It also attends to the aural and visual textures that underpin her art. Drawing on a wide range of theoretical approaches as well as engaging more creatively with Akerman’s work, the essays provide a new optic for understanding this deeply personal, prescient oeuvre.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages184
ISBN (Electronic)9781781886410
ISBN (Print)9781781886403, 9781781886397
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameMoving Image

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