Venezuelan-born filmmaker Maria Beatty has produced, directed, and occasionally starred in 25 fetish/sadomasochistic films. As early as 1994, she became renowned for her short films, which explore the depths of female sexuality and fantasy. In 2008, she produced and directed GANG OF SOULS, a documentary exploring the insights and influences of Beat poets. In 1991, she directed her second documentary, SPHINXES WITHOUT SECRETS, which presents engaging work produced by women performance artists. She completed her first feature film, the erotic melodrama BOY IN A BATHTUB, in 2006. Beatty’s work has been presented internationally at various events and institutions including the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, the New Museum, Lux Cinema, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Centre Audiovisuel Simone de Beauvoir. She currently lives in Paris. (07/12)
Sphinxes Without Secrets
A film by Maria Beatty, 1991, 58 min., Color
Since its inception, performance art provided a forum for those artists whose work challenges the dominant aesthetic and cultural status quo. In SPHIN...