World Premiere: Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
New Hampshire Film Festival Official Selection
Director - Jackie Mendoza "Mojitos Fuertes"
"Mojitos Fuertes" by Jackie Mendoza
Director of Photography: Htat Lin Htut
Jackie Mendoza- Mojitos Fuertes
Video Installation - "Hands and Eyes"
In “Hands and Eyes”, three respective dance sequences pay homage to a time before humans created language, which completely restructured conscious thought. The piece connects Lacanian reality, defined as “the state of nature from which we have been forever severed by our entrance into language”, with the writing of brain surgeon and historian Leonard Shlain. In "The Alphabet Versus The Goddess", Shlain argues that the shift from matriarchal society to patriarchal society in ancient times corresponded with the advent of language. As philosopher and gender theorist Judith Butler puts it, “Within a language that is pervasively masculinist, a phallogocentric language, women constitute the unrepresentable.” The world of “Hands and Eyes” exists outside of the realm of explicit language and meaning, and within a pre-historic feminine reality. Dance is not regarded as a physical language, but rather as a mode of communication that transcends or subverts language.
Performed by Rebecca Warzer and Maya Laner.
"Hands and Eyes" was displayed on three suspended screens in a large, dark space filled with moist mulch, in Pratt Institute's Film Building May 10th - 17th, 2016.