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Patricia Silva ‘Self and Others’

Synopsis: A queer reordering of cinematic gestures, Self and Others is a study of the visual language of bisexual gesture as captured through the lens of film history. Comprised of clips selected from the Golden Age of Hollywood, some of them made during the Hays Code in America, Self and Others is a formal experiment with queer visual language.


Patricia Silva is a Lisbon-born, New York-based photo and video artist experimenting with original and archival media forms to reclaim and rescreen expression. Patricia received an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from Bard College (2013), where she was ICP Director’s Fellow (2011-2013), and earned a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. In 2011, Patricia curated the first Luso-Brazillian Pop-Up Arts Festival in New York City, and has been writing visual/cultural criticism about and around visual language since 2010. Currently faculty at The School of the International Center of Photography in New York. In September 2016, Patricia was invited to the White House and attended a special briefing on Bisexuality, along with 120 international and national bisexual leaders, activists, academics. Patricia's videos have been screened at Anthology Film Archives, USA (2017); IFC Theater, USA (2016); MoMA PS1 Theater, USA (2016); British Film Institute, UK (2016); Colorado Photographic Arts Center, USA (2016); Tengis Cinema, Mongolia (2016); Cervantes Institute Brazil (2016); Cine 13, France (2015)

Patricia Silva 'Self and Others'Portugal/USA Film year: 2015 Duration: 5:55 min

Image/Sound: Audio Mixing by Patricia Silva featuring: Qubodup, Timbre, The Red Shore