Curated as part of the 28th Annual MIX Festival of Queer Experimental Film, NYC
Molt is a process-driven video installation that examines both the literal metamorphosis of a moth’s life cycle, and the metaphysical embodiment of one’s truer self. The three stages, caterpillar to chrysalis to moth, are manifested through a durational physical performance presented in a video triptych, an immersive view of the transforming body. Undulating and finding stillness in each stage, utilizing elements of Butoh dance, we are witness to a cathartic and kinetic emergence.
A live performance activated the installation space on opening night, performed by Shawn Escarciga.
Original Concept by Anna Henson and Shawn Escarciga
Directed, Filmed, and Edited by Anna Henson
Choreographed and Performed by Shawn Escarciga
With thanks to:
Kris Grey, Curator of Installations at MIX NYC, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Kyle Croft, Installations Coordinator at MIX NYC
Paul Michael Brown, Installation Assistance
Jaffa Aharonov, Production Assistance
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