Howl

Elina Brotherus

Two women remove the animal masks they are wearing. One is bald, the other one starts to comb her hair. She then walks a small dog across the room. The women dance, the younger woman's feet are tied. They pour water from a glass to another and then through the window to the street. Out there is New York City's West Village. The bald woman recites Allen Ginsberg's poem Howl, one of the key works of the American Beat Generation. Elina Brotherus' 16mm film Howl employs parataxis, a technique Allen Ginsberg used in his poetry, in which two seemingly dissimilar images or fragments are juxtaposed without a clear connection or hierarchy. Year 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Ginsberg's Howl. Howl completes Elina Brotherus' New York Trilogy of 16mm films. The previous ones are Francesca Woodman's Aunts (2012) and Wrong Face (2013).

Production Year
2015
Duration
00:05:21
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Howl
English Title

Howl

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Elina Brotherus (Author), Thomasz Werner (Cinematographer), Elina Brotherus (Director), Elina Brotherus (Editor), Elina Brotherus (Script), Elina Brotherus (Actor), Victoria Schultz (Actor), Victoria Schultz (Reader), Thomasz Werner (Sound Recording)
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Elina Brotherus lives and works in Finland and France. She holds an MFA degree in Photography from the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The photographs and videos of Brotherus deal with subjective experiences, the presence and absence of love as well as more formal issues. Her current work is centered on the relation of the human figure and landscape, and on the gaze of an artist on his/her model. Her works have been shown widely in Finland and abroad, including Saatchi Gallery in London (2012), Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark (2012), Gallery Heino (2012), Bozar Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (2012), and many others.

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