Sadie Benning Videoworks: Volume 1

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Collection: Single Artist Compilations

Tags: LGBTQ, Pixelvision, Videoworks, Youth/Childhood

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Sadie Benning Videoworks: Volume 1

A compilation of five of Sadie Benning’s early works. In Jollies, Benning gives a chronology of her crushes and kisses, tracing the development of her nascent sexuality. Addressing the camera with an air of seduction and romance, Benning allows the viewer a sense of her anxiety and delight as she comes to realize her lesbian identity. In If Every Girl Had a Diary, Benning trains her pixelvision camera on herself and her room, searching for a sense of identity and respect as a woman and a lesbian. Acting alternately as a confessor and accuser, the camera here captures Benning’s anger and frustration at feeling trapped by social prejudices. Me and Rubyfruit is based on a novel by Rita Mae Brown. This tape chronicles the enchantment of teenage lesbian love. Recorded against a backdrop of pornographic images and phone sex ads, Benning portrays the innocence of female romance, and the taboo prospect of female marriage.

When she was 16, Benning stopped going to high school for three weeks and stayed inside with her camera, her TV set, and a pile of dirty laundry. Living Inside mirrors her psyche during this time. With the image breaking up between edits, the rough quality of this early tape captures Benning’s sense of isolation and sadness, her retreat from the world. As such, Living Inside is the confession of a chronic outsider. In A New Year, a version of the teenage diary, Benning places her feelings of confusion and depression alongside grisly tales of tabloid headlines and brutal events in her neighborhood. The difficulty of finding a positive identity for oneself in a world filled with violence is starkly revealed by Benning’s youthful but already despairing voice.

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Living Inside
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When she was 16, Benning stopped going to high school for three weeks and stayed inside with her camera, her TV set, and a pile of dirty laundry. This tape mirrors her psyche during this time. With the image breaking up between edits, the rough...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: autobiography, feminism, lgbtq, pixelvision, sexuality

If Every Girl Had a Diary
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Setting her pixelvision camera on herself and her room, Benning searches for a sense of identity and respect as a woman and a lesbian. Acting alternately as confessor and accuser, the camera captures Benning’s anger and frustration at feeling...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: diary, feminism, lgbtq, pixelvision, sexuality

Me and Rubyfruit
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Based on a novel by Rita Mae Brown, Me and Rubyfruit chronicles the enchantment of teenage lesbian love against a backdrop of pornographic images and phone sex ads. Benning portrays the innocence of female romance and the taboo prospect of female...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: feminism, lgbtq, literature, pixelvision, sexuality

1990 | 11:00
Jollies
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Benning gives a chronology of her crushes and kisses, tracing the development of her nascent sexuality. Addressing the camera with an air of seduction and romance, giving the viewer a sense of her anxiety and special delight as she came to realize...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: autobiography, feminism, lgbtq, pixelvision, sexuality, youth/childhood

1989 | 06:00
A New Year
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In a version of the “teenage diary,” Benning places her feelings of confusion and depression alongside grisly tales from tabloid headlines and brutal events in her neighborhood. The difficulty of finding a positive identity for oneself in a world...

 

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: crime or violence, diary, feminism, lgbtq, pixelvision, sexuality

Exhibitions + Festivals

WRO Videoart Biennale, 1999