Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image explores 25 years of film and video works from the Arabic-speaking world. Highlighting filmmaking trends in dialogue with global cinema movements, as well as strategies singular to the circumstances of Arab countries, author Laura U. Marks examines this relatively recent history by breaking it down by themes and artists. Chapters focus on topics like nomadism, politics, and archives; and feature artists like Hala Elkoussey, Hassan Kahn, and Mounir Fatmi. Anthony Downey, the Editor-in-Chief of Ibraaz (a publication focused on visual culture in North Africa and the Middle East) describes the book as a “readily accessible, acutely observed, and carefully historicized account of a complex field of study that already feels seminal in its impact and insights.”
Covered in Time and History surveys the filmic works of Cuban American artist Ana Mendieta. In her short life, Mendieta worked across a spectrum of mediums (drawing, sculpture, photography, performance) and this new catalogue concentrates on her film practice between 1971 and 1981. The book includes color stills from twenty-one newly preserved Super 8 films, accompanied by related photographs, drawings, and stills from the of artist’s 104 filmworks. It also includes Mendieta’s first published comprehensive filmography, and original essays by John Perreault, Michael Rush, Rachel Weiss, Lynn Lukkas, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, and Laura Wertheim Joseph.
The SVA library also has two DVDs of Ana Mendieta’s work: both Ana Mendieta: Fuego De Tierra and Selected Works are on reserve at the circulation desk for viewing in the library. You can find many other books on the artist, like Earth Body: Sculpture and Performance, 1972-1985, in our catalog.