Miss Interpreted (Marlene Dumas)

Rudolf Evenhuis, Eugène van den Bosch, Joost Verheij Long documentary - 1997 - 63 min.

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Artist Marlene Dumas was born and brought up in South Africa. She has lived and worked in Amsterdam since 1976 and has grown to be one of the best known contemporary artists in the world. Dumas' home country plays a crucial role in her paintings, most of them metres high, where figures contend with human emotions such as fear or nostalgia. In Miss Interpreted (Marlene Dumas) the camera follows Dumas for six months. From her studio in Amsterdam - the only spot where she feels at home and also a home base for the film - she prepares for an exhibition in Japan. Augmented with archive footage, texts and the work of Dumas, the film paints a picture of a woman between Holland and South Africa. Her life, work and ideas are the fruits of a woman formed culturally and politically in South Africa.


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