Monography: NARCISA HIRSCH

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Narcisa Hirsch is the grande dame of Argentine experimental film. Today, many younger filmmakers in her home country, with whom the 95-year-old maintains an active exchange, consider her work to be a point of reference. Hirsch was born Narcisa Heuser in Berlin in 1928, the daughter of a German-Argentinean mother and the expressionist painter Heinrich Heuser. In 1937, she immigrated to Argentina with her mother via Vienna. Hirsch’s first artistic steps were taken as a painter, and in the 1960s she began organizing art happenings with like-minded people. Early films of those years are documents of corresponding art campaigns. The “classic” phase of her experimental cinematic work on 8 mm and 16 mm film material occurred between the 1970s and the 1990s. Thematically, her films often deal with women, bodies, death, but also with the very personal cinematic appropriation of landscapes. Hirsch is still active today; her most recent films explore the mysteries of the universe.

Curated by Cecilia Barrionuevo.