Blending the archival and the imaginary, Sasha Wortzel's films, installations, and performances map the ways that structures of power haunt and inextricably shape our contemporary landscape.
Joined in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Wortzel will present on three recent films – Happy Birthday, Marsha! (2018; co-director Tourmaline), We Have Always Been on Fire (2018), and This is an Address (2020) – that utilize gaps in the archive as creative departure points for reimagining queer histories and narratives of political resistance that have been marginalized or systematically excluded from the official record.
About the speaker:
Sasha Wortzel (she/they) is an artist and filmmaker working between New York and Miami. Wortzel’s films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art’s DocFortnight, True/False Film Festival, DOC NYC, BAMcinématek, Blackstar, Berlinale, and Sharjah Film Platform. Their work has been exhibited at the New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, The Kitchen, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign; and SALTS, Birsfelden. Wortzel has been supported by the Sundance Institute, Art Matters, Field of Vision, Queer/Art/Mentorship, and a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in film/video. Wortzel has participated in residencies including the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program, Abrons Arts Residency for Visual Artists, Watermill Center, New York; and AIRIE (Artists in Residence in the Everglades), Florida. She is a 2020 studio resident at Oolite Arts, Miami Beach. Wortzel’s film Happy Birthday Marsha! (2018; co-director Tourmaline) won special mention at Outfest and is distributed by Frameline. This is an Address (2020) is distributed by Field of Vision. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum and Leslie Lohman Museum of A