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Date & Time
March 18, 2019 at 8:00 amApril 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Free; open to all.
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

A reflection on memory, place and belonging, Fra la Medusa e l’Abisso (Between Medusa and the Abyss) focuses on the interplay of an ancient Sicilian city, its surrounding land and seascape, and the many people who populate it now. Drawing from feminist critique of Freud’s “dark continent,” and playing with language and gesture, the film becomes a mythic antiland that examines the boundaries between historical and current, migrants and locals, us and them.

About the Artist

Felicity Palma’s work reflects on experiences of place and belonging. She records the body in context with migration, landscape, and memory, and works predominantly in analog film and photography to distort conceptions of time. Her work questions the past and the present, and her collaged layers of time and space weave throughout unspoken narratives in which the artist is aware of her presence in the world and her role as an artist and documentarian.

Born and raised in California to a Sicilian father and first generation Croatian mother, Felicity is currently based in Durham, NC as a candidate for an MFA in Experimental & Documentary Art at Duke University. She is the recipient of multiple awards, grants and fellowships, including the Flaherty Film Fellowship, the Anne Scott Firor Research Award, the Kenan Graduate Arts Fellowship, Duke Bass Connections Fellowship, and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship.

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