Narcissister Organ Player

Now through 11/18/2018 | Northwest Film Forum

Film & Media Arts Capitol Hill/Central District

Of all the supposedly shocking work that performance artist Narcissister has created, Narcissister Organ Player may surprise even her most unflappable admirers: it is a searching, open-hearted tribute to the artist’s mother. While there are excerpts from her stage and video performances—concerned with gender, sexual, and racial identity, replete with giddy, childlike anatomical imagery—the throughline of the film is her family history, with her mother, Sarah Benzaquen Lumpkin, as guide, focal point, and object of conflicted adoration. In interviews shot before her passing, Lumpkin speaks of her childhood in Tangiers, her emigration to the United States, and her total devotion to her daughter’s artistic ambitions. It is that devotion which rouses the film’s ambivalent emotions.

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