Light Reading

1978

Rhodes, Lis
Lis Rhodes is a filmmaker and founding member of the women’s film and video distribution company Circles, established in 1979. Many of her films employ a primarily abstract language. Rhodes’s film, Light Reading, begins in darkness. A woman’s voice reads extracts of text by the American Modernist writer Gertrude Stein. When the voice stops, a loose narrative takes shape from a series of collaged photographs, including one of a bloodstained bed. In this film, as in her others, Rhodes explores the power relationships present in both ‘the grammar of looking and the grammar of language’.
  • Artwork Details: running time: 20 minutes
  • Edition: 2 of 5
  • Material description: 16 mm film / HD video
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC21/2014

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