Peggy AHWESH

Nationality: american

Peggy Ahwesh
ARTIST BIO & EXHIBITIONS

Over the last twenty years, Peggy Ahwesh has produced one of the most heterogeneous bodies of work in the field of experimental film and video. A true bricoleur, her tools include narrative and documentary styles, improvised performance and scripted dialogue, synch-sound film, found footage, digital animation, and crude Pixelvision video. The work is primarily an investigation cultural identity and the role of the subject, in various genres.
Ahwesh work with subversively amateur forms, and also a discourse that yielded traditionally female-gendered themes like home and family, relationships, and confessions, which she appropriated as scenarios. Her practice insists on political and social topicality, handled with theoretical and formal rigor, with a nod to popular culture forms. She draws the audience into the world and traditions of avant-garde film and video, where, as she has remarked, "there's nothing to prove and no money to make," only the pleasures of the text.

Ahwesh was the subject of a midcareer retrospective, Girls Beware! at the Whitney Museum (1997). Other retrospectives include: Filmmuseum, Brussels, Belgium; Carpenter Center at Harvard University; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh and Cinematexas 6, Austin, Texas. She has screened work in the Whitney Biennial (1991, 1995, 2002); New York Film Festival (1998, 2007); Flaherty Film Seminar (20

7 MOVIES IN DISTRIBUTION

BEIRUT OUTTAKES
2007 / Video / color / sound / single screen / 7' 30 / 28 €
distribution: Mini DV
WARM OBJECTS
2007 / Video / color / silent / single screen / 6' 00 / 26 €
distribution: Mini DV
SHE PUPPET
2001 / color / sound / single screen / 15' 00 / 46 €
distribution: Digital file on server or Mini DV
THE VISION MACHINE
1997 / 16mm / color-b&w / sound / single screen / 20' 00 / 84 €
distribution: 16mm
THE COLOR OF LOVE
1994 / 16mm / color / sound / single screen / 10' 00 / 41 €
distribution: 16mm
THE SCARY MOVIE
1993 / b&w / sound / single screen / 9' 00 / 34 €
distribution: 16mm
STRANGE WEATHER
1993 / Video / b&w / sound / single screen / 50' 00 / 127 €
distribution: U-Matic