The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

How to explain performance art to my teenage daughter

Canada | 2018 | 6 min
- Without dialogue | Subtitles in English
Cast: Rachel Echenberg, Clara Echenberg Worsnip
Concept: Rachel Echenberg
Director: Rachel Echenberg
Categories :
FIFA Experimental


Montreal Premiere - In attendance of the Director Rachel Echenberg and the Distributor Denis Vaillancourt.

Mother and daughter embrace the difficult intricacies of explaining art to each other through an intimate action. This is intercut with a straightforward description of Joseph Beuys’ well-known 1965 performance, How to explain pictures to a dead hare. Absurdity and tenderness merge to reveal understanding as a sensory activity.


Rachel Echenberg

Rachel Echenberg (Montreal, Quebec) is a visual artist who primarily works in performance, video and sculpture. Echenberg’s continual interest in possibilities for active empathy has lead to artworks that highlight vulnerable, intimate and uncontrollable relationships.
Filmography | Family Portrait (2014-2016); Boiler Room (2014); Hernaford Rd or The Distance to Sleep (2004); Blanket (tides) (2004); Blanket (pigeons) (2004); Blanket (snow) (2004); 12 Hours (2001)

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