14.02.2017/ 05:00 p.m.
Sony Center, Postdamer Strasse 4
10785 Berlin, Germany
a film by
Lynn Hershman Leeson
USA / Germany 2017
73 min · Colour
Dr Frank Ochberg is a New York-based psychiatrist and trauma specialist. His specialism is post-traumatic stress disorder and the Stockholm Syndrome. Cuban artist Tania Bruguera consults him after spending eight months in a Cuban prison. A dissident, she was accused of treason for a performance she was developing that was critical of the government. During her conversations with her therapist she analyses the revolutionary potential of art and how the censor intervened even before she was able to perform the piece in question. The short-term, spontaneous and transitory nature of performance art represents a means to criticise the Cuban government. Just six months after her release an undaunted Bruguera was already inviting artists from all over the world to Cuba. Lynn Hershman Leeson’s previous documentaries Strange Culture and Women Art Revolution – A Secret History, both of which screened in thePanorama, closely scrutinised the concept of political and critical art forms. In her new work, she has chosen to collaborate once more with Tilda Swinton who narrates Bruguera’s ‘Manifesto on Artists’ Rights’.
Tilda Swinton (Narrator)
Director: Lynn Hershman Leeson
Director of Photography: Hiro Narita, Shane King
Editor: Lynn Hershman Leeson, Shane King
Sound: Dan Olmsted
Production Manager: Celia Kitchell
Producer: Lynn Hershman Leeson
Co-Producers: Celia Kitchell, Alexandra Phelps, Michael Henrichs