Gwendolyn Audrey Foster
Film Studies Professor / Cultural Theorist / Filmmaker
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster is a prolific author, a cultural theorist, Willa Cather Professor of Film Studies and English, and a film and video artist. Her early documentary and narrative films are archived at many universities and libraries, and are routinely screened in college classes internationally. Foster's more recent experimental works are designed as video installations and films for gallery and museum projection.
Foster's films and videos have been screened at The Nederlands Filmmuseum, The Rice Museum, The Collective for Living Cinema, The Swedish Cinemateket, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, Bibliotheque Cantonale, Lausanne, Switzerland, International Film Festival of Kerala, India, Films de Femmes Festival, Créteil, France, Outfest Los Angeles, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Women’s Film Festival of Madrid, Kyobo Center, Korea, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Université Laval, Quebec, Forum Yokohama, Japan, NETV, PBS, and in numerous museums, galleries, universities, and archives.
Foster’s acclaimed documentary film “The Women Who Made the Movies” has been screened through the world, and was shown at Anthology Film Archives in New York City as part of a celebration of early female directors in September 2016, organized by Women Make Movies.
Foster's “Virtual Gallery - The Gaia Triptych” was featured in "The Pythians: A Portal for Art, Photography, Poetry and Video," in June, 2016 and also screened as part of the HearteartH 2016 International Video Art Project from Berlin and Milan on Visual Container TV, January 13 – February 15, 2017. In addition, her new HD videos were screened at The Amos Eno Gallery and SLA 307 Art Space in Manhattan in November, 2016, and at The Maryland Institute College of Art in April, 2017. Her films have most recently been screened at The Museum of The Future in Berlin, Germany.
I often incorporate "found" clips, many intended for use in advertising. I hope to subvert their commercial nature by re-fashioning them as noncommercial artwork. I make contemplative films that stare at the viewer, potentially disrupting passive viewing. My films look at you. I embrace that which is surreal, enigmatic, and hypnotic. I make slow abstracts; sometimes disturbing, haunting films. At times, my work displays a response to political issues, in retelling myths from an eco-feminist perspective, for example. I believe that active viewers co-create, therefore my intent is sometimes less significant that that of viewer. I prefer unusual soundscapes and sometimes make my own musical tracks.