We’re delighted to host an exhibition of a new short film work by Beatrice Gibson.
Dear Barbara, Bette, Nina, 2021 (16 mm transferred to HD, 3.56 mins) was commissioned as part of a project by Punta de Vista Film Festival in which several filmmakers were asked by curators Garbiñe Ortega and Matías Piñeiro to film a letter to a filmmaker they admired. For Las Cartas Que no Fueron Tambien Son – The Letters that weren’t and also are, Gibson wrote a love letter to three filmmakers – Barbara Loden, Nina Menkes & Bette Gordon, women whose voices and characters have influenced her deeply in the last few years.
Gibson subsequently expanded Dear Barbara, Bette, Nina into the basis of a programme of radical, feminist, experimental cinema and artists moving image, at the long abandoned open-air cinema La Sirenetta in Mondello, Palermo. Titled Orfeo on the Beach, the season was inspired by Palermo’s last porn cinema, and focuses on films by or about women and non-binary characters. Opened by Barbara Loden’s classic Wanda, and introduced by Gibson’s own Dear Barbara, Bette, Nina, the series includes Nina Menkes’ Queen of Diamonds, Bette Gordon’s Variety, films by Mati Diop, Peggy Ahwesh, Basma Alsharif and Pauline Curnier Jardin as well as a curatorial collaboration with Sicilia Queer Film Festival, and the collectives Nomadica and ৺ ෴ ර ∇ ❃﹌﹌, who have curated an evening of film focused on feminism and the Italian South.
Nuova Orfeo is a new not-for-profit, artist-run, experimental film, performance and music initiative with a focus on site-specific programming, founded by Gibson and Palermo based performance artist Flora Pitrolo alongside architect Pietro Airoldi in Palermo in 2021. Taking its name from Palermo’s last porn cinema, which closed its doors in December last year, Nuova Orfeo flips the idea of porn, this time in a radically inclusive, feminist, and polyphonic way. The next initiative is a season of experimental music and performance, to take place at I Candelai, a former brothel turned bar.
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