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Through a Glass Eye

A thought-provoking insight into the artistry of two female taxidermists.
5/5

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Lola Granger-Jourdan’s short documentary challenges preconceived notions about taxidermy by introducing viewers to the passionate and conservation-minded work of artists Divya Anantharaman and Kate Clark. Dispelling myths, the film seamlessly blends archival footage of the history of taxidermy with the vibrant, colorful present-day craftsmanship of Anantharaman and Clark, creating an intriguing narrative that captures the essence of their art.

The film’s close-up cinematography skillfully highlights the meticulous attention to detail in their work, revealing the beauty and artistry involved in taxidermy. Granger-Jourdan crafts a charming and visually captivating documentary that goes beyond the surface of the craft, offering a deeper insight into the artists’ appreciation for the animals they immortalize.

Anantharaman and Clark share their insights with care and kindness, emphasizing the importance of conservation. However, the deliberate use of unnerving archival footage adds a layer of tension to the film, creating a thought-provoking contrast to the otherwise beautiful and artistic portrayal of taxidermy. Ultimately, Granger-Jourdan’s documentary stands as a testament to the dedication, skill, and conservation ethos that can be found within the world of taxidermy.

Brief Synopsis

The line between reality and imagination becomes blurred with the resurrection of birds and the creation of a hybrid bestiary. Two female artists are working at the periphery of the male dominated world of taxidermy. Interweaving their ornate art of resurrecting roadkill with archival footage of colonial hunting expeditions and dioramas, The film reflects on competing approaches to the natural world: mastery or kinship, captivity or conservation.
Through a Glass Eye

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Director(s): Lola Granger-Jourdan
Writer(s): Lola Granger-Jourdan
Cast: Divya Anantharaman, Kate Clark
Producer(s): Lola Granger-Jourdan
Director of Photography: Lola Granger-Jourdan
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Runtime: 16 min

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Through a Glass Eye

A thought-provoking insight into the artistry of two female taxidermists.
5/5

Review

Lola Granger-Jourdan’s short documentary challenges preconceived notions about taxidermy by introducing viewers to the passionate and conservation-minded work of artists Divya Anantharaman and Kate Clark. Dispelling myths, the film seamlessly blends archival footage of the history of taxidermy with the vibrant, colorful present-day craftsmanship of Anantharaman and Clark, creating an intriguing narrative that captures the essence of their art.

The film’s close-up cinematography skillfully highlights the meticulous attention to detail in their work, revealing the beauty and artistry involved in taxidermy. Granger-Jourdan crafts a charming and visually captivating documentary that goes beyond the surface of the craft, offering a deeper insight into the artists’ appreciation for the animals they immortalize.

Anantharaman and Clark share their insights with care and kindness, emphasizing the importance of conservation. However, the deliberate use of unnerving archival footage adds a layer of tension to the film, creating a thought-provoking contrast to the otherwise beautiful and artistic portrayal of taxidermy. Ultimately, Granger-Jourdan’s documentary stands as a testament to the dedication, skill, and conservation ethos that can be found within the world of taxidermy.

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No artists for this title have been featured on Spotlight.

Brief Synopsis

The line between reality and imagination becomes blurred with the resurrection of birds and the creation of a hybrid bestiary. Two female artists are working at the periphery of the male dominated world of taxidermy. Interweaving their ornate art of resurrecting roadkill with archival footage of colonial hunting expeditions and dioramas, The film reflects on competing approaches to the natural world: mastery or kinship, captivity or conservation.
Through a Glass Eye

Credits

Director(s): Lola Granger-Jourdan
Writer(s): Lola Granger-Jourdan
Cast: Divya Anantharaman, Kate Clark
Producer(s): Lola Granger-Jourdan
Director of Photography: Lola Granger-Jourdan
Animation:

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Genre:
Subjects: , , ,
Country:
Language:
Year:
Runtime: 16 min
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