‘Meeting of Two Queens’ By Cecilia Barriga

  

Film still from Cecilia Barriga’s video work ‘Meeting of Two Queens’, 1991.

In the experimental video ‘Meeting of Two Queens: Encuentro entre dos Reinas’, Spain, 1991, Cecilia Barriga, a Chilean video artist, recasts the beautiful old Hollywood filmstars Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich in silent film style to tell dramatic tales of lesbian desire.

Film still from Cecilia Barriga’s video work ‘Meeting of Two Queens’, 1991.

‘Meeting of Two Queens’, which is considered a “cult” video-film in the experimental and independent film industry, is a part of the exhibition ‘Lost and Found – Queerying the Archive’, which I visited last week at Nikolaj, Copenhagen Centre of Contemporary Art.

All lesbians will love this queer version of the old movie stories about love and passion. The exhibition ‘Lost and Found – Queerying the Archive’ is open Tues-Sunday until August 2 2009 at Nikolaj in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Film still from Cecilia Barriga’s video work ‘Meeting of Two Queens’, 1991.

Queerying workshop at Nikolaj
Nikolaj, Copenhagen Centre of Contemporary Art, hosts a ‘Queering workshop’, July 26 2009, 13:00 – 15:00. Maja Laybourne and Miriam H. Wistreich, Danish students of art history and gender studies, will guide the spectators through the exhibition and start a debate about the invisibility of gay people with the participants.

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