Ellen Cantor: Pinochet Porn

Ellen Cantor: Pinochet Porn

“Pinochet Porn is undoubtedly the defining achievement of Cantor’s career.” —Art in America

Using her 2004 series of eighty-two drawings, Circus Lives from Hell, as an unconventional “script,” feminist artist Ellen Cantor (1961–2013) worked on her most ambitious project, Pinochet Porn, for the last five years of her life. Interweaving fragments of the lives of five people variously affected by Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, the film is both an experimental epic and a “soap opera,” as it explores the tragic and comical relationship between power and sexuality (I want more, Dictator, says the submissive “French maid” played by Cantor herself). Using Super 8mm, archival footage, and animated drawings – and posthumously completed according to her directives by Cantor’s close collaborators – the film is now touring nationally and internationally to major critical acclaim. 

In person: curators Clara López Menéndez and Lia Gangitano

Program presented courtesy of The Estate of Ellen Cantor and organized by ClaraLópez Menéndez. Special thanks to Mark Cantor, Steven Cairns, Lia Gangitano,Jonathan Berger and Electronic Arts Intermix. 

Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund. Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series.

Associated Images: 

Date/TimeGM/STCA
THU 10/18
8:30 pm
$12   $9 $6

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff