Khary Simon interviews Sue de Beer on her 4 films for Daata Editions
Are the films intended to be presented in a specific order?
No. They are separate but connected.
I do watch them in the order of 1, 2, 3, 4. I cut them in the order of 1, 2, 3, 4. The first two naturally connect, and the last two naturally connect. So do 1 and 4. So do 2 and 3.
Is beauty fragile and or dangerous?
What about terror can be erotic or beautiful?
Do you cherish objects of girlhood or wish we did?
What is the origin of titles 1 and 2?
This poem is me
and it’s nothing but
words about you
I hope you like it
It’s from a Dennis Cooper poem – one that he contributed to my first catalogue. I think it’s beautiful. Shifts around the watcher and the watched.
Khary Simon is a creative director and publisher based in New York.
Sue de Beer's work is located at the intersection between film and installation, sculpture and photography. Solo exhibitions include the Kunst Werke, Berlin, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, the MuHKA Museum in Antwerp, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in Los Angeles, The Park Avenue Armory, New York, as well as Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York, where she is represented.
Her work has been included in group exhibitions in such venues as the New Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, PS1/MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Kunst Werke, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Haus der Kunst, and the Kunsthalle Shirn in Germany, the Neue Gallerie am Landes Museum Joanneum in Austria, the Deste Foundation in Greece, and the Museum of Modern Art, Busan, in Busan, South Korea. Her 2-channel video installation, ‘Hans & Grete’ was included in the Whitney Biennial in 2004. De Beer’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum for Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Deste Foundation, and the Goetz Collection.