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Rose Lowder’s Bouquets

Posted by | Kelly M Shindler | Posted on | February 24, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 6:00 pm | Rose Lowder in person!

Bouquets 25-27 (Rose Lowder, 2002-03). Courtesy the artist and Light Cone, Paris.
Bouquets 25-27 (Rose Lowder, 2002-03). Courtesy the artist and Light Cone, Paris.

Brimming with vibrant images of blossoms, orchards, insects, and grasses, the works of celebrated French filmmaker Rose Lowder literally buzz with life. For over thirty years, she has crafted a body of stunning structuralist portraits of the pastoral environs around her home in southern France. Often shot one frame at a time and composed through elaborate, pre-designed in-camera edits, each of her films also explores the possibilities of photographic and visual perception. Viewed together, they offer a dynamic investigation into the rhythms and cycles of the natural world. This evening, in her first-ever Chicago appearance, Lowder will present a selection of old and new works, including her on-going Bouquets series, each one-minute tributes to the flora and fauna she films. 1979-2010, Rose Lowder, France, 16mm, ca. 90 mins plus discussion.

ROSE LOWDER (b. 1941, Lima, Peru) trained as a painter and sculptor in Lima, Peru, and London, England. From 1973-75, she worked as a film editor for the BBC. After moving to Avignon in the late 1970s, she began a regular exhibition series for experimental film and in 1981, founded, with Alain-Alcide Sudre, the Les Archives du Film Expérimental d’Avignon (AFEA). Lowder continues to live and work in Avignon and is currently an associate professor at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.