Renée Green, Mise-en-scène: Commemorative Toile

Produced by Free Agent Media, Renée Green’s authoring tool since 1994, in collaboration with Bortolami, this short digital film explores Green’s 1992-93 installation, Mise-en-scène: Commemorative Toile.

Sourced from a text written by the artist in 1994, the digital film delves into the circuitous material history of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, focusing on the production of the French decorative fabric known as toile. Sliding between the matrix of colonial expansion and Green’s personal research-driven pursuits beginning in Clisson, France, the artist demystifies the social production that connects the Triangular trade to the seemingly private sphere of the home, while attempting to decipher the contradictory pleasures which might accompany them.

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Renée Green
Mise-en-Scène: Commemorative Toile, 1992-93
Mixed media
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