Elisabeth Subrin is an artist and filmmaker who engages a wide range of genres, forms and contexts to create conceptually driven projects in film, video, photography and installation. Her work seeks intersections between history and subjectivity, investigating the nature and poetics of psychological “disorder,” the legacy of feminism, and the impact of recent social and political history on contemporary life and consciousness.
Her work is currently on view in “Anti-Establishment” at The Hessel Museum at Bard College (through December 21, 2012) and “Henceforth and Forever Free” at The Haggerty Museum of Art (through December 22, 2012). In August, 2012, her film Shulie (1997) was included in the British Film Institute’s Sight & Sound once-a-decade international critics’ poll for “The Greatest Films of All Time.” Her feature-length film projects, A Woman A Part and Up, are in development with Forensic Films, New York.
In 2010, Sue Scott Gallery in New York mounted a retrospective of her work, Elisabeth Subrin: Her Compulsion To Repeat, including her 2010 video installation Lost Tribes and Promised Lands, her 2008 two-channel film projection Sweet Ruin, as well as selected films, videos, and large-scale photographic stills from 1990-2010. Lost Tribes and Promised Lands was presented at MoMA/PS1’s 2010 Greater New York exhibition, La Musée d’Art Contemporain de Val De Marne, Paris, and The Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2011, her films and photographs were the subject of solo exhibitions at The Jewish Museum, New York, and VOLTA NY.
Her award-winning work has screened and exhibited widely in the US and abroad, including solo shows at The Museum of Modern Art, The Vienna International Film Festival, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Harvard Film Archives, The San Francisco Cinematheque, and in group shows, festivals and museums internationally, including The Whitney Biennial, The Guggenheim Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The New York Film Festival, and The Rotterdam International Film Festival.
She has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Annenberg, and The Creative Capital Foundations, and has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. She participated in the Sundance Institute Screenwriting and Directing Fellowships with her feature film project, in development with Forensic Films. She has received film commissions from The MacDowell Colony and The Danish Arts Council for recent projects, The Caretakers and Sweet Ruin.
Subrin has taught at Cooper Union, Amherst College, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Graduate Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, Bennington College, Yale University School of Art, and in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University. She is currently Assistant Professor of Film and Media Art at Temple University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.