Passages contains contains a selection of texts by Chantal Akerman herself, supplemented with essays by film experts. Cyril Béghin introduces Akerman’s oeuvre and describes the historical tensions in the work. These tensions are rooted in personal family traumas from the Second World War and Akerman’s own way of being free from any kind of connectedness. Dana Linssen’s contribution consists of a philosophical essay about the concept of time in Akerman’s work and that of other filmmakers and artists. Finally, Roos van der Lint zooms in on the spatial installations.
Edited by: Jaap Guldemond and Marente Bloemheuvel.
Design: Joseph Plateau
Publisher: nai010, EYE Filmmuseum
Paperback, 160 pages
Passages was accompanied by the exhibition Chantal Akerman, Passages (May-Sep 2020, Eye Filmmuseum).
For more information about the exhibition, please click here.
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