Hand of Power

Dara Gellman

2020, 05:55 minutes, colour, English


Created through the exhaustive collection and categorization of found footage from specific 20th century film sources, Hand of Power mines the liminal space between dream and reckoning, between instrument and agency, and between learning and memory. Interrogating both present-day and retrospective cultural narratives about gender, this video work examines the gestures of the filmic hand as a symbolic agent codifying the quest for control and knowledge. Hand of Power reassembles images as copies of what is remembered and what is newly realized, asking the viewer to linger in the uncomfortable realm of transformation between what was and what is next.

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