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PMMNLS: Laurel Nakadate

Portland State University MFA Monday Night Lecture Series

By Lisa Radon November 9, 2009

Laurel Nakadate, “Exorcism in January” 2009  C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects

"…I’m drawn to moments of ambiguity, when things could go right or they could go wrong. I’m interested in discomfort. Discomfort is a place where we’re still close enough to comfort to understand our unhappiness. Most of the things we desire are things that can destroy us."

Tonight, filmmaker and photographer Laurel Nakadate talks at Portland State University: Shattuck Hall Annex (1914 SW Park Ave) as part of the Portland State University MFA Monday Night Lecture Series.

The above quote is from an interview with the artist on the website, Rumpus, where she talks more about a series of videos she made by essentially picking up strange men and going home with them to do things like dance to a Britney Spears song or in one instance, inviting a to man draw her.

Rumpus: When you’re making a video with these men, is there a line you won’t cross?

LN: No touching unless invited. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. And, it’s all for the camera. Once we cut, the scene is over. Rules always make things better in art.

Rumpus: What were the parameters you placed on yourself for the videos you made with lonely men?

LN: Tell stories. With strangers. Find them. Go home with them. Turn on camera.

Nakadate received an MFA in photography from Yale University and currently lives in New York City. Her work has been exhibited at P.S.1/MoMA, The Yerba Buena, The Getty Museum, and The Reina Sofia. In 2009, her first feature film, "Stay The Same Never Change" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to be featured in New Directors/ New Films at The Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. She is currently finishing her second feature film, "The Wolf Knife." She is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects in New York City.

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