||THE ART START AND THE SUDANESE TWINS
(58' & 90')
DIRECTED BY PIETRA BRETTKELLY
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??worth waiting for. Sundance hasn?t lost its soul.?
- Andrew O?Hehir, Salon.com
?I quickly felt I was in the hands of a master
- Still in Motion
??a brutally honest, remarkably self-critical
reflection on foreign adoption that touches unexpectedly
on issues of alienation and loneliness.?
- Carino Chocano, LA Times
The Art Star And The Sudanese Twins
follows artist Vanessa Beecroft?s intentions to adopt
orphaned twins and how this bleeds into her art and her
Vanessa Beecroft operates in the world of high art and
high society. Over the last few years Vanessa has been
drawn to the Sudan because of the genocide and then
ultimately to the Sudanese twins she met in an orphanage.
But at what cost to her personal life?
For sixteen months the art star and the sudanese twins
follows Vanessa as with an often brutal honesty, she
exposes the truth about her life ? her creative process,
her struggle with depression, her volatile relationship
with her husband, and her love for the twins.
Vanessa found the undernourished babies in an orphanage,
on her first day, on her first visit to Sudan and
immediately begins breastfeeding the babies. She wanted to
?save? them ? she spent months trying to adopt them ? but
is she just another wealthy white celebrity seeking to
adopt an exotic child? Vanessa asks herself that same
question. Her husband Greg initially knew nothing of her
adoption moves and then was horrified by her intentions.
Vanessa Beecroft?s work is provocative and controversial ?
she has gained notoriety with her nude tableaux ? dozens
of naked women standing motionless in stark locations. The
critics could never decide if it was feminism or
Alongside the fireworks of her personal life, we witness
her artistic drive. A photo session is interrupted with a
hammering on the church doors ? women from the orphanage
want the twins back. Vanessa is photographing them naked
which upsets their local customs.
?Vanessa Beecroft is one of very few artists who has
developed a fresh way to make a work of art. It?s uncanny.
This is a new focus ? there?s never been anything like the
double breastfeeding photo. It is a disturbing beauty.?
Jeffrey Deitch, New York Gallerist
the art star and the sudanese twins is a timely
documentary exploring the first world woman?s aspirations
to adopt from a developing country. And the risks to her
marriage and her career that one woman takes to ?save?