Deborah Stratman: The Illinois Parables
2016, Deborah Stratman, USA, 60 min.
- Thu, Apr 14th 6:00pm
"16mm cornucopia of streams of higher consciousness ... rich with imaginative, suggestive raptures and ecstatic banalities." – Ray Pride, Newcity
"A striking poetic meditation on various Illinois histories ... a beautiful riddle of an achievement." – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
For the last 25 years, Deborah Stratman (BFA 1990) has explored the landscape of our national history and psyche in riveting films, sculpture, sound, and public works. With THE ILLINOIS PARABLES, she turns her attention to the “American microcosm” and its storied past. Bracketed by sweeping aerial shots of the state’s ancient prairies and waterways, Stratman spins eleven tales of natural disaster, messianic devotion, technological breakthrough, government resistance, and unsolved mystery. Together, these stories ask how the systems of belief they represent have shaped how we see the land, ourselves, and our nation. 16mm. (Amy Beste)
APRIL 15: Deborah Stratman will be present for audience discussion.