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Documentary practices #3 with Shelly Silver


At the invitation of Prof. Philip Scheffner, the New York based filmmaker and artist Shelly Silver comes to the Academy of Media Arts Cologne to present her award winning film "Girls/Museum" (2020) as well as other works.

Donnerstag, 6. Juli 2023, 19 Uhr
Aula der KHM
Filzengraben 2, 50676 Köln | Eintritt frei
Moderation: Philip Scheffner

"Join us on Thursday, July 6th, at 7pm in the KHM-Aula to share films and thoughts with the New York based filmmaker and artist Shelly Silver, writes Philip Scheffner, professor for documentary practices at KHM.
Shelly Silver will show her award winning film ‘Girls/Museum‘ (2020) as well as other works."

"Girls/Museum", Germany, 2020, 74 min.
Documentary Film by Shelly Silver
German/Dari language with German/English subtitles

Who decides what is art and what is not? What does the picture on the wall tells about the society in which it was created? Shelly Silver looks at the collection of the Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig through the eyes of some young girls and makes visible how role models have changed over time - and what art has to do with it.

Credits: Director, Producer, Cinematographer and Editor: Shelly Silver; Sound: Richard Schnupp; Music: Oranotha Erway, Johanna M. Beyer; Artistic Assistand: Clara Wieck, 

Annemarie Riemer; Award: 3sat-Dokumentarfilmpreis 2021, Duisburger Filmwoche

Shelly Silver is a filmmaker and artist working with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and--increasingly in recent years--the watcher and the watched. Spoken and written language, collaged narratives, framings in time and space, all become clues into shifting locations of power, identity and desire. To speak and to listen, to look and let oneself be seen, is, or should be a pleasure, and like all pleasures, tinged with ambiguity and risk. Silver’s practice is a labor of attention. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art/LA, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA, and the London, the Singapore, New York, Moscow, and Berlin Film Festivals. Her films have been broadcast by BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, and Atenor/Spain. Silver has received numerous fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation and Anonymous was a Woman and has been a fellow at the DAAD Artists Program in Berlin, the Japan/US Artist Program, Cité des Arts in Paris, and LMCC/NY, TOKAS/Tokyo, Macdowell, Yaddo, Bogliasco and Montalvo Residencies. Silver is Professor and Director of Moving Image, Visual Arts Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

Editor — Ute Dilger
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