SPECIAL EVENT SCREENING WITH LIVE SCORE PERFORMANCE
AT MARFA FILM FESTIVAL LOUNGE | THURSDAY JULY 12, 8PM
LIVE SCORE BY W. CREEVES
In presence/absence V, the most recent installment in an ongoing series, Huang camouflages a working overhead bulk feeder on West Texas ranch-land into the environment with paint on timelapse. On a personal level, the timelapse exists as a self-narrative here in West Texas, where she has been able to to form a “home” identity far removed from any identities she has previously consolidated, during a time where reinforcement of fabricated self-image in the media happens on a daily basis. The laborious process of the timelapse is grounded in the desire not only to establish a relationship with the land, but also, to expose the lengths to which other concocted narratives are fabricated: these American lands are associated with an intensely private, non- urban identity only accessible to a small percentage of the population. Well-defined boundaries have become integral to one’s private American identity and even a major feature of the landscape.
Experimental Video| World Premiere, 45mins
Stephanie Mei Huang is a Marfa, TX-based multidisciplinary artist implementing installation, painting, and digital media. She spent the majority of her childhood in Yokohama, Japan and Shanghai, China. She is the recipient of a Getty Foundation Multicultural grant. Much of her practice stems from a fragmented cultural upbringing; she is interested in the nuances of fragmented self in terms of location, body, and culture, and displacement’s role in changing perceptions of identity and the physical manifestation of loss. Her work thus is informed by the exchange between land, the epitome of physical location, and the female body, as vessel for identity.