"I wanted to know how I have been taught to see myself as white, what were the specific dimensions of this identity and how were they shaped in this specific landscape – a border town facing a large U.S. city and separated by a river. To get caught up in histories which we are largely unaware is inevitable. Yet we have a historical responsibility – the past shapes us in ways that are still with us."
-Proposal for Racing Home (1994) by Marian McMahon

Racing Home, a highly personal rumination on identity, combines 8mm and 16mm footage shot in Ontario and Europe, as well as her home town, Windsor, Ontario. Racing Home was unfinished at the time of its maker’s untimely death, in 1996. As well as this rough-cut version of `Racing Home', Marian McMahon’s surviving partner, filmmaker Phil Hoffman, has assembled a nonlinear, interactive exploration of the unfinished film, using the Korsakow System.

The Korsakow film as well as documentation from the Marian McMahon exhibit at the Art Gallery of Windsor in 2014, can be seen on the following link:

racinghome.ca/film3/

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Marian McMahon was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1954. She was a filmmaker, curator and scholar, whose contribution to Canadian critical film and video practice had a substantial impact on contemporary art discourse in Canada creating a dialogue for women's…


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Marian McMahon was born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1954. She was a filmmaker, curator and scholar, whose contribution to Canadian critical film and video practice had a substantial impact on contemporary art discourse in Canada creating a dialogue for women's experiences, interlacing personal and shared subjectivities to examine the dominant framework of the Canadian nationhood and history. Dialogic Illuminations of Marian McMahon, an exhibition assembled at the Art Gallery of Windsor in the winter of 2014 by curator Srimoyee Mitra and Philip Hoffman, aims to pay homage to the work of an artist who - during her short-lived career due to her early death in 1996 - bridged multiple boundaries through her life working between caregiving (she worked as a registered nurse from 1974 to 1984) and making art, academia and film, photography and text. She received her Phd posthumously, from the University of Toronto (OISE – Ontario Institute of Studies in Education) in 2000.

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