Hey New York: The one and only K8 Hardy is presenting a rare screening of Agnès Varda’s “Vagabond” tonight in conjunction with Queer/Art/Film.
1985. France. 105 min. Directed by Agnès Varda. DCP Projection.
The Goddess of the French New Wave, Agnès Varda, opens this poetic opus with a drifter — played by the brilliant Sandrine Bonnaire — found frozen on the roadside. Told through flashbacks, Vagabond traces the route of Mona, as she moves through French farmlands, wandering in and out of the lives and loves of men and women, alike. “It’s rare to see a young woman’s life portrayed in such utter singularity, outside of society, and with a will so strong,” writes K8 Hardy – artist, filmmaker and founding member of the queer feminist journal LTTR. “The power of this film shook me to the core and also made me realize that it is possible to make something without the traps of sexism.”
As always, our screening will be followed by drinks and discussion at Julius Bar (159 West 10th St. at Waverly), the oldest gay bar in New York City!
K8 Hardy is an artist based in New York represented by Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York, and Balice Hertling in Paris. She holds a BA from Smith College, studied at the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, and holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College.
Hardy is a founding member of the queer feminist journal and artist collective LTTR, and has directed music videos for groups including Le Tigre, Lesbians on Ecstasy, and Men. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and has been exhibited and performed internationally at venues including, MoMA PS1 (New York NY), Artists Space (New York, NY), The Tate Modern (London, UK) and Galerie Sonja Junkers (Munich, Germany) among many others.
Hardy works through performance art without allegiance to any particular medium. She mines pop culture for material and eschews craft based virtuosity in photography, sculpture, and video. Hardy believes in the power of flamboyant and bold gestures, and in conversations of play, which constitute her endeavors toward total expression.