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    Persona non grata sonata

    Grant, Catherine and Jacobs, Amber (2018) Persona non grata sonata. [Video]

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    Persona Non Grata Sonata is a digital video essay (6’32”). Using sequences from Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966) and Autumn Sonata (Ingmar Bergman, 1978), it was made by Catherine Grant and Amber Jacobs in 2018. It was first screened at the British Film Institute’s ‘Ingmar Bergman: A Definitive Season’ event, BFI Southbank, London, January-March 2018, as part of Jacobs’ presentation at the ‘Bergman Family Values: A Cinema of Disturbed Attachment’ symposium, January 18, 2018. It was published as a work of creative critical practice in the inaugural issue of the open access online journal MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture in May 2018 (1, Spring 2018), accompanied by two solo-authored reflective texts, which articulate and expand on the research aims of this work Persona Non Grata Sonata is a co-authored video work in which we perform a cinephile comparison and stamp it with a feminist countersignature. In the video we appropriate scenes from two films by Ingmar Bergman featuring pairings of female actors. Both scenes present dialogues (or monologues) in which the women characters speak of un/wanted children and abortions. Our two-handed video dissects its cinematic sources and radically doubles and restages sequences that already figure radical doubling and restaging. We use a split screen method that turns on audiovisual rhythmical and rhymical interplay. The video is also online here:


    Item Type: Video
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): feminist theory, feminist visual culture, remix, digital video, video essay, Ingmar Bergman, film studies, motherhood, maternal ambivalence, abortion
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Catherine Grant
    Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 06:04
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:43


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