Using images and archived materials, the life and times of Sarah Rodigari six people who Rodigari to varying degrees were invited to reflect on the history of her practice in a panel discussion hosted by curator, Sophie O’Brien. (Panelists: Agatha Gothe-Snape, Salote Tawale, Nicola Gunn, Ivan Cheng and Cindy Rodriguez)
Alongside this panel was a screening of the film Shulie (1997), a film by Elizabeth Sunbrin in which she restages a 1967 documentary portrait of a 22-year art student at the Chicago Art Institute, Shulamith Firestone who a few years later would write, The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution.
Situating Shulie alongside a live documentation of Rodigari’s practice and framed within the great narrative of the Abramovic’s legacy, as presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects, the event is a send-up of artist-as-personality, the po-face panel turns farce into reality. The event critically, playful and provocatively speaks to a rethinking of history between documentary, fiction, and mythos, functions as a prism for refracting questions of gender, race and class that resonates in with Firestones era- Abramovic’s, then and now.