When I Was A Monster

1996
Country: USA
Duration: 5 mins
Colour: Colour
Available Format/s: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file
Original Format: SD video
Themes: 
  • Body
  • Feminism
  • Identity
  • Performance

A performance about the artists experience in the aftermath of an accident. – Video Data Bank

“While When I Was a Monster conveys McGuires feelings about her own body after falling off a cliff, it also articulates the universal lack of satisfaction women feel when contemplating their physical selves, and encapsulates another part of McGuires project: the demonstration of the performative , grotesque aspects of femininity. Though she appears to be in pain, our sympathy hasnt been solicited, and the fact that we can observe such a private examination feels like an intrusion McGuire confronts the audience with her weakened, disfigured body and reminds us of our own fragility.” —Nicole Armour, “Alternate States,” Film Comment (July/August 2000)

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More works by Anne McGuire

USA
, 1999
7 Minutes

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