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Outfitumentary

K8 Hardy
USA 2016 / 82’

In 2001, I set out on the structuralist journey that became my first feature film, Outfitumentary. I named the project at the outset, and considered it a document for posterity, an important record of the dress codes of a radical lesbian underground. The formal rules I imposed were simple: to roll my video camera and capture a shot of myself from head to toe with a turn to provide front and back. (…) The film serves to express a fundamental principle that runs through my work and practice-the ways in which the body and its subsequent 'outfitting' define identity. Outfitumentary is a fascinating record of how a young artist matures and how her thinking about sex and sexual politics changes. While her alternative style appears to be beyond the mainstream, it is not entirely detached from what's fashionable. There is something Warholian in the structure of the film, where day after day, outfit after outfit, we follow the evolution of an angry young girl into a mature artist. Early feminists used to proclaim that your body is a battleground. In this case, the battlefield is your closet.

Ewa Szabłowska

K8 Hardy

K8 Hardy is an artist, performer, and director living in New York. Her performance art, photos, zines, and music videos (including Le Tigre Lesbians on Ecstasy and Men) have been shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, MoMA PS1, the Tate Modern, and the Halle für Kunst und Medien in Graz.

Filmography

1998 Ants in Her Pants

2002 Les N Ray 2002 (video clip)

2002 Disquiet

2005 New Report (short)

2005 New Report Morning Edition

2006 New Report Artist Unknown (short)

2007 Sisters in the Struggle (short)

2009 Off Our Backs (short)

2016 Fatałaszkument / Outfitumentary

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Cast & Crew

director K8 Hardy
screenplay K8 Hardy
cinematography K8 Hardy
editing Drew Bolton
sound Lynne Trépanier
cast K8 Hardy
producer Madeleine Molyneaux
sales Picture Palace Pictures
language English
colouration colour