Abigail Child Characteristics
Abigail Child's work investigates pop cultural construction of gender identity, sexuality, and voyeurism while employing soundtracks layered with canned music, suggestive noises and dialogue. Child's ISTHISWHATYOUWEREBORNFOR? contains some of her best work using appropriated and archival footage, masterfully edited with humor and skill. Through rapid collages of image fragments from industrial, rare, and early films and newsreels, Child reconstructs experimental narratives while drawing attention to the conventional devices such as costumes, looks, poses, and gestures, used to build narrative continuity and excitement.
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