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Lenore Jaffee

Hundred Acres

“Outside Quebec we picked up a couple of fella hitchhikers, and all the girls got excited and said, “Wow, this is really going to be fun!’ ” a young black guy wearing an engineer’s cap tells you casually from a video monitor in an otherwise empty gallery. Hitchhiking stories like this, and stories generally, are what Lenore Jaffee’s delightful ten-minute video loop Mistrips is all about. Four different people tell stories for her—and you. That’s it!

The black guy tells of two disappointing hitchhiking experiences as “hitch-hikee,” meaning he drives. The first with the two men he picked up “for the girls in the car” outside Quebec: “We saw them, we were traveling about 80 miles an hour,” he says. “By the time we’d stopped they had to run to catch us up . . . Very disappointing for the girls because the fellas weren’t into it.” Into what you can only guess before he’s describing his second

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