Last week I posted a discussion on the Female Gaze, a concept that perhaps articulates the particular kind of ethnographic film aesthetic that I am interested in and that has been developing for some time – sometimes in the critical writing of Trinh T. Minh-Ha and E. Ann Kaplan as a critique of the ‘Imperial Gaze’. As Soloway and hooks discus when reflecting on the official title of their public discussion ‘The Personal is Political’, this famous feminist phrase was always meant to be a shortcut to the real issues which need to be more slowly spelled out – its not the personal so much as it is the psychological.
The early feminist movement was dedicated to the proposition that the personal is political—an insight that has come to be increasingly mocked and ridiculed. In their careers, renowned scholar, poet, and author bell hooks and Emmy-winning television writer and creator of Transparent Jill Soloway have countered this trend, making strong use of the autobiographical to generate critical discourse and awareness of injustice. In this conversation, hooks and Soloway discuss their excavations of the personal and its politics, and how this search strengthens liberation efforts rather than diminish them.
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm