Fresh Kill | Chicago Reader

Fresh Kill

Postmodern fragmentation reaches a hyperbolic, sometimes fascinating level of disconnection in this 1994 feature by video and installation artist Shu Lea Cheang. The minimal, hard-to-follow narrative involves a lesbian couple raising a young child in a disorienting New York City labyrinth that mixes a glitzy sushi restaurant, encampments of the homeless, and frequent cuts to TV images. Also thrown into this multimedia and multicultural stew are concerns about toxic waste—Fresh Kills is a giant landfill—and comparisons of the city to a junkyard. But the disjunctions are so extreme that the film often seems merely chaotic, and some of the performances are unconvincing and amateurish. 79 min.

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