Niki de Saint Phalle Daddy 1972 Phallus in a Coffin

Niki de Saint Phalle
Daddy 1972
Phallus in a coffin
Film still
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Daddy, made in collaboration with director Peter Whitehead, explores the relationship between a father and daughter. Like most of Saint Phalle’s work the film merges autobiography with fantasy, combining sexual scenes of incest with a reversal of power as the female character ridicules the father figure. Saint Phalle narrates the film, providing an almost psycho-analytical interpretation of its content and explains the otherwise incomprehensible.

The film pre-empts her 1993 autobiography Mon Secret in which she further explores the darker parts of her childhood. Making reference to Sigmund Freud’s writings on the father figure, the film ends with the death of ‘Daddy’ as the artist shoots her own painting La Mort du Patriarche 1962/72.

Please be advised that the film Daddy contains some scenes of a sexual nature that visitors may find disturbing and unsuitable for children.

Contemporary Films, London
Courtesy of Niki Charitable Art Foundation, Santee, California