This four-screening series explores some of the key themes and techniques in Joan Jonas's body of films and videos. Since the late 1960s, Jonas's work in both media has proposed a highly original combination of theatricality, questions of female identity and astute investigations of the media with which she works. Incorporating performance, drawing, painting and multiple frames and layers, her works explore a range of spatial, perceptual and technological phenomena in a way that is both playful and illuminating.
Joan Jonas: Mystic Knots spans five decades of the artist's practice, beginning with her first films. The programme includes Jonas's two film collaborations with artist Richard Serra, and draws in the works of filmmakers who have been influential to her practice, such as Maya Deren, Kenneth Anger and Jack Smith.
The series concludes with a discussion and Q&A with the artist.