Stages of mourning

Pucill, S. 2006. Stages of mourning. 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

TitleStages of mourning
CreatorsPucill, S.
Description

16mm colour film (17 mins), which explores how our relationship with the dead is made different through film. Produced, directed, written, edited and shot by Pucill. A series of photographic stills from the film has been exhibited and published separately.

Stages of Mourning is Pucill’s journey of bereavement, ritualised through performance to camera. The film is a meditation on

coming to terms with loss, exploring how our relationship with the dead is made different through film. The artist orders image

fragments of her late lover and collaborator, Sandra Lahire. By trying to physically immerse herself into photographs and film

footage or by restaging these, Pucill forms a continuous stream of a life of two lovers. Through this doubling and layering,

illusions accumulate as if these were a product of a machine that didn’t stop. The film explores the relationship between the

hallucinatory power of the phantom of memory and the capacity for lens-based media to carry ghosts. A placing of the lesbian

gaze is obsessively sought whilst simultaneously acknowledging the state of a decentred subjectivity. Pucill wrote, directed,

shot, edited and produced the film, the process of hands-on authorship of all component parts being central to the artisan

language and historical context of her work.

The film has been extensively screened, including festivals in Paris, London, Cologne, Kassel, New York; conferences and

galleries in USA and London (see portfolio for full list). Five photographs from the film were exhibited and published separately.

Reviews include Naomi Salaman 'Accumulation in Stages of Mourning'; Vicky Smith, 'Stop Frame Motion in Stages of Mourning'

(both at Lux-on-line). Pucill has herself written on the film (see output 4). The project won AHRC funding (£13,000). It was

acquired for BFI archive; distributed by Lux (on film and sold as DVD), and distributors in Paris, Toronto and USA.

Date2006
EventMillenium Film Workshop
Web address (URL)http://www.re-title.com/artists/sarah-pucill.asp

Related outputs

Collaborating with Claude Cahun: Between Photography and Film
Pucill, S. 2020. Collaborating with Claude Cahun: Between Photography and Film. in: Schmid, M. and Knowles, K. (ed.) Cinematic Intermedialities Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press.

"Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2018. "Coming To Life" and Intermediality in the Tableaux Vivants of Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror. in: Smith, V. and Hamlyn, N. (ed.) Experimental and Expanded Animation: New Perspectives and Practices Switzerland Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 231-255

The provocation of intermediality in the tableaux vivants in Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2017. The provocation of intermediality in the tableaux vivants in Magic Mirror and Confessions To The Mirror . Photofilm: Sampling the Archive. GUGA (Centre of Architecture), in co-operation with the Metropolitan University, Budapest, Hungary. 19 Sep - 20 Nov 2017

Confessions To The Mirror
Pucill, S. 2016. Confessions To The Mirror. London Film Festival

Magic Mirror
Pucill, S. 2015. Magic Mirror. The Nunnery Gallery, London

Magic mirror
Pucill, S. 2013. Magic mirror.

Phantom rhapsody
Pucill, S. 2010. Phantom rhapsody.

Fall in frame
Pucill, S. 2009. Fall in frame.

Taking my skin
Pucill, S. 2007. Taking my skin. Toronto, Canada

Blind light (2007)
Pucill, S. 2007. Blind light (2007). 66 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003

The 'autoethnographic' in Chantal Akerman's news from home, and an analysis of almost out and stages of mourning
Pucill, S. 2006. The 'autoethnographic' in Chantal Akerman's news from home, and an analysis of almost out and stages of mourning. in: Hatfield, J. (ed.) Experimental film and video: an anthology Eastleigh, UK John Libbey. pp. 83-92

The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice
Pucill, S., Hatfield, J. and Reynolds, L. 2004. The question of the subject and the autobiographic in artists moving image practice. Filmwaves Magazine. 24 (2), pp. 5-9.

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