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Dwoskino: The Gaze of Stephen Dwoskin
Part of Experimenta focus: Stephen Dwoskin, a series of film screenings and talks at the BFI Southbank from 1-24 February
The Gaze of Stephen Dwoskin
Wednesday 23 February 2022 18:45 BFI Reuben Library
In this library talk we’re joined by the editors of new book DWOSKINO: The Gaze of Stephen Dwoskin.
- Total running time 60min
The newly published DWOSKINO: The Gaze of Stephen Dwoskin is a collection of images, texts, and documents, providing a vivid portrait of Dwoskin’s life and times. In this library talk, editors Rachel Garfield and Henry K Miller will discuss the book’s circuitous journey to the page under the shadow of Covid, when access to archives and libraries was dramatically curtailed.
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Experimenta focus: Stephen Dwoskin season
A unique and challenging filmmaker whose themes include disability, sexuality, diaspora, and memory.
Stephen Dwoskin arrived in London from New York in 1964, aged 25, with a trunk of 16mm films shot in the milieu of Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas. He became known for a series of films in which the camera’s unblinking gaze is returned by his female subjects. Laura Mulvey wrote that he ‘opened a completely new perspective for me on cinematic voyeurism’. In the mid-70s, Dwoskin turned his gaze on his own body, disabled in childhood by polio, before making a number of personal documentaries about disability and diaspora. In the 2000s, with his mobility severely impaired, he embraced the possibilities of digital technology to return to the underground and the erotic obsessions that powered his extraordinary 50-year career.
Rachel Garfield and Henry K Miller, co-programmers
For details of the entire programme, please visit the Experimenta focus: Stephen Dwoskin page.