Sunday, March 25, 2012

She's Making HerStory: Bonnie MacAllister


Bonnie MacAllister renders moments in multimedia: documentary
photography, abstract paintings, film, and performance. 
Her films have been featured on (UK), and her writing has been published by Paper Tiger Media (Brisbane), nth Position (UK), Grasp(Czech Republic), and Dead Drunk Dublin (Ireland). Recent
stagings of her plays were at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the
Shubin Theatre, and the Adrienne Theatre. She has performed at NYFA
and the Cat Cat Club in Paris. She has recently shown her visual
artwork at the Delaware Art Museum, Galeria 6 (Mexico), the Center for
Green Urbanism (DC), University of Pennsylvania, Montclair State
University (NJ), and Florissant Valley Art Gallery in St. Louis, MO.
She recently exhibited as part of Look! on Lancaster Avenue as part of
“Women of Lancaster Avenue.” She studied under Jacques Derrida, Helene
Cixous, and Agnes Varda. She is a Fulbright‐Hays recipient to Ethiopia
and a Pushcart Prize nominee.

Artist statement
Often pieces are multi-genre, fusing painting, photography, slide
installations, spoken word, video, and performance. In photographic
stills, she mimics the lighting of times past, slips shutter speeds,
and she often animates using stop action techniques culled from 35 mm
and Holga images. She is drawn to pageantry, burlesque, and motion
portraiture. She will take multiple images of an act and piece it back
together in a deconstructed film, a slide series, or gif painting. Her
documentary photographic work depicts the Coptic imagery and the women
and children whom she visited in eight cities of Ethiopia in 2009.

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