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Sharon Greytak

Collective For Living Cinema

Sharon Greytak’s Czechoslovakian Woman (1982) consists of eight filmed black and white photographs, which document a woman’s funeral in Czechoslovakia in the ’60s. Staggered pans and zooms are executed over the photographs while subtitles present a text in phonetic English. Some Pleasure on the Level of the Source (1982) follows a little girl as she jumps rope, colors a rectangle red, has her eyes covered, sits with her hands in her lap and pushes her hair back sultrily. In The Living Room (1983) we watch two women tell anecdotes about joining the marines and making magnesium bombs. This segues into an aerial view of factories, followed by a shot of the arms and hands of a man and woman daintily clutching glass goblets and toasting one another. Then we see a series of cropped close-ups of an advertisement for Waterford crystal: “The triumph of man’s quest to conquer light.”

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