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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Edinburgh Film Festival Tuesday 24 June - The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins

So there's this rather pretentious creator of artistic installations who visits Sudan while one of her own children is still small. She encounters a couple of tiny children being looked after in a Christian refuge because their father can't cope (their mother died in childbirth). The nuns ask her if she could breast-feed them, and she does, and the resulting bond works on her mind to the extent that she becomes determined to adopt them. This proves problematical as Sudan has no legal adoption (extended families step in if parents die). However, with determination, a thick skin and a health dose of self-belief Vanessa Beecroft eventually gets through the jungle of paperwork to the point where she is almost able to adopt the children. By this point the sudience have moved (if I was typical) from viewing her as a trendy New Yorker wanting a third world trophy baby to a loving, caring (if somewhat weird) mother. At this point, though, we discover that she has neglected to mention her adoption plan to her husband, who is unimpressed. As his signature is needed for all the paperwork at the US end that spells disaster. He does suggest that if she is determined she could divorce him, whereupon the law aould allow her to adopt by herself, but she doesn't want to abandon her own two children (and one can only applaud her belated attack of common sense). The film ends with the couple still married; with her having to some extent sublmated her maternal urghes into her work; and with her making what was evidently one of a regular series of visits to the twins (who could hardly have been more photogenic had they been selected for it) to provide assitance of a more godmotherly (and material) kind.

But I swear as we all realised she'd never mentioned the plan to her husband you could hear several hundred Edinburgh jaws hitting the floor.....

At the start of the film I had a niggling feeling that the name Vanessa Beecroft was familar, but it was only when they showed pictures of some of her installations, which feature live human models, that I recognised her style. I remembered this picture (NSFW), which for some strange reason appears on various web sites not generally associated with high art. (Though one might argue that it displays Vanessa's bottomless well of inspiration.... )


At 10 July, 2008 15:01, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Please, let me know if you have advanced notice of any new installations, I'll bring along clean hands and some oil to help.
(as if we didn't have semi naked women in Vegas)

At 01 January, 2009 21:34, Blogger dv910 said...

There is a whole gallery full of VB33's bottomless performance art on the net. It's on bottomlessgirls.net. It's this guy called bottomless_phreak who has a fetish with the whole "bottomless look" (and what a look it is!)

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