Pistolary! Films and Videos by Peggy Ahwesh | Chicago Reader

Pistolary! Films and Videos by Peggy Ahwesh

The perversity of Peggy Ahwesh's unique vision is clearly visible here, as she questions what we consider our higher selves, showing children precociously asserting themselves and adults behaving childishly. A little girl says her name in Martina's Playhouse (1989)—and in a disturbing bit of role reversal plays at breast-feeding her mom. The porn footage in The Color of Love (1994) is obscured by colorful emulsion decay; the male manipulated by two women behind the organic overlay seems corpselike. Two other works separate words from their original contexts, suggesting an altered or—more to the point—devolved intelligence. Ahwesh will attend the screening. 85 min.

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