Steve Fagin Characteristics
Steve Fagin targets the "major fantasies governing the history of the Western world" to present a re-reading of history that exposes the illusion and misrecognition that passes as historical fact. His work incorporates a mixture of appropriated and original footage, stage-play and real events to reveal a past in which the mythical, the surreal, and the fictional find free reign. Fagin's tapes focus on a variety of issues, from evangelization of South America to orientalism in the writings of Flaubert and Roussel. His work consistently revolves around issues of history and representation, investigating new and old ways in which "the other" is seen in Western culture, how opinion is gathered and value secreted.
--Video Databank Catalog