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Kings Artist-Run provides a location for contemporary art practice, supporting distinctive experimental projects by artists at all stages of their careers.
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Talking to Myself, the Films of Anne Charlotte Robertson

Anne Charlotte Robertson


04 July 2024–04 August 2024

Talking to Myself, the films of Anne Charlotte Robertson presents a selection of films by the Massachusetts born independent filmmaker Anne Charlotte Robertson. Inspired by avant-garde film directors such as Marie Menken and Jonas Mekas, Robertson’s work features the tradition of diary film, while maintaining the distinct and singular perspective of her lived experience. Drawing on her continually evolving use of experimental techniques, Robertson established a formal complexity through which to express the subjectivity of her self-image. Within a first-person narrative, Robertson directs the camera toward herself, weaving layers of spoken word with candid Super 8 footage of her daily life. With a sense of playfulness and melancholy, Robertson’s films encapsulate her struggles with loneliness and mental illness and the challenges she faced as a single female. Recorded over seventeen years (1981 onward), Robertson’s Five Year Diary documents scenes from her daily life, chronicled over a total of thirty-six hours of film which are compiled as a series of Super 8 reels. This exhibition presents a reel from Robertson’s Five Year Diary: Niagara Falls, alongside two of her short films, Apologies and Talking to Myself.

Curated by Nina Gilbert and Tara O’Conal.

 

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  • Anne Charlotte Robertson (1949 – 2012) was a Super 8 filmmaker and diarist who lived in Framingham, Massachusetts. She began making films in the mid-1970s as an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in Boston and completed her MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art in 1985. Robertson started keeping a diary at the age of 11, a practice that she sustained over the course of her life, culminating in over forty years of written, audio, and film diaries. In Robertson’s seventeen year long project Five Year Diary the gaze is drawn toward the domestic world, inviting the viewer to witness the internal intimacies of the everyday. In addition to Five Year Diary, Robertson made over thirty short films; mostly diaristic, including Apologies (1990), Talking to Myself (1985), Magazine Mouth (1983) and Melon Patches, or Reasons to Go On Living (1994). The presentation of Anne Charlotte Robertson’s films is made possible by the Harvard Film Archive.