The Time We Killed

Artist: Jennifer Reeves
video | 16mm film, black-and-white, sound | 94 | 2004

Jennifer Reeves is known for her expressive abstract films that probe the tactile surface of celluloid. She uses the virtually obsolete technology of an optical printer and in luminous works such as The Girl's Nervy (1995) or Fear of Blushing (2001) paints directly on the filmstrip. In the autobiographical Chronic (1996), she examines self-mutilation, setting the treated texture of the film into metaphorical relationship with lacerated skin. Invoking film noir and 1980s No Wave cinema, Darling International (1999) is an experimental narrative made in collaboration with MM Serra. Tracing the erotic exploits of several New York women, the filmmakers star respectively as a commanding executive (Serra) and a boyish metal worker-cum-femme (Reeves) against the backdrop of nighttime Manhattan shot in luscious black and white.


Whitney Biennial 2006 | 2006.03.02 - 2006.05.28 | Whitney Museum of American Art (old museum)(New York City, NY, United States)