In the trailer for Chiara Clemente’s Our City Dreams, Kiki Smith says, “I used to always joke when I was younger that most of the representations of women was women lounging about naked. While I would love to be doing that, it wasn’t my reality.” There’s little need to explicate the lack of realism that infuses most of the media’s representation of women. Our City Dreams, screening at Girls’ Club Saturday as part of its Chick Flicks film series, addresses this simply by existing. The five artists the film documents – Smith, Ghada Amer, Marina Abramović, Nancy Spero, and Swoon – are all New York-based women with stories strung together and ultimately linked by the city.
A selection of short videos by several local women artists will accompany Our City Dreams, mirroring the spirit of Clemente’s film – the diverse histories and influences of Christina Pettersson, Rhonda Mitrani, Cristina Molina, and Rebecca K. Lewis are connected by virtue of their geographical commonality and desire to create.
The screenings will include an informal dialogue reflecting on the respective visions of both Our City Dreams and the shorts. The Chick Flicks series, part of Girls’ Club’s “Re-Framing the Feminine” photo exhibition, features films preceded by local work. Founded by Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz, the mission of Girls’ Club, to borrow from its website, “is to educate the public, nurture the careers of female artists, and to serve as a resource for art students and scholars, curators, and practicing artists.” No question that Girls’ Club, initially a welcome relief, has become a culturally relevant mainstay, a space for discussion and growth. (And, post-Basel, it’s also the only place around these parts that you’ll get to see Our City Dreams.)
Where: Girls’ Club (117 N.E. Second Street, Fort Lauderdale)
When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 26
Price: $5 (suggested donation)
Contact: 954-828-9151, girlsclubcollection.org/events
UPDATE: The short films screened during the Art Walk are available for viewing here.