Penny Slinger – Out Of The Shadows (18)
Thu 01 Jan 1970
£7* | £5* students/under 25s | 3 films for £18*
Dir. Richard Kovitch
98 mins | 2019 | UK
The incredible, untold story of the British artist Penny Slinger and the traumatic events that led to the creation of her masterpiece, the 1977 photo-romance, An Exorcism.
Coming-of-age against a back drop of post-war austerity and the subsequent explosion of colour that characterised the 1960s counter- culture, Penny Slinger embraced her generations quest for personal freedom and sexual liberation, and channelled these desires into her ground-breaking collages, films (including collaborations with Jane Arden and Peter Whitehead) and sculptures. So powerful was her vision that 50 years later her work is still influencing contemporary artists.
I wanted to create art that reflected a state of mind, she explains. To be my own muse. To achieve this Penny Slinger resuscitated Surrealism, instilling it with a radical, feminine perspective that led Rolling Stone to declare about her first book, 50% The Visible Woman (1971), This is a major work surely to become as ubiquitous as Sergeant Pepper in the culture. As the respected curator and academic Anke Kempkesobserves, She could have become very, very famous.
History played out differently though and by the 1980s Penny Slinger had disappeared.
This standout documentary presents an especially valuable heroine for our time
THE OC WEEKLY
Penny who? This is one of those irresistible documentaries that introduces an outrageous, enigmatic figure who should be world-famous outside of the art-world. So why isnt she? An intriguing and entertaining insight into a career that has plenty to say about creativity and patriarchy
TIME OUT LONDON
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