Selections from Mana Contemporary’s Body + Camera Festival
20th May – 31st August, 2017
Mana Contemporary Chicago, Chicago


Mana Contemporary Chicago is pleased to present selections from the first annual Body + Camera Festival, a collection of three video works by Hilla Ben Ari, Jocelyn Cottencin, and Sofia Pancucci-McQueen & Anouska Samms. Each film addresses the intersection between the human body and the moving image. Rethinking Broken Lines- A Tribute to Heda Oren by Israeli-based artist Hilla Ben Ari utilizes choreography and the feminine body to evoke themes surrounding generation gaps and gender identity. Jocelyn Cottencin’s Monumental challenges the transmission and consumption of imagery through gestural reenactments of iconic monuments. The Baths, created by Sofia Pancucci-McQueen & Anouska Samms, addresses culturally constructed ideas of masculinity through the documentation of steam baths in London’s East End. The culmination of these three films separately, yet collectively, reshapes the manner in which performance, dance, and human gestures have been previously perceived.