Pellea[s] is a modern adaptation of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Symbolist play Pelléas and Mélisande. Set in Washington, DC, Pellea[s] narrates the story of a doomed love triangle against the backdrop of footage Josephine Meckseper captured in 2017 at the 45th Presidential inauguration and the landmark Women’s March that followed. The artist explores, through a uniquely subjective viewpoint, the nature of gender in contemporary politics and culture, and by underscoring the film with Arnold Schoenberg’s modernist version of Pelléas et Mélisande, draws a direct correlation to the way early Modernism and the avant-garde developed into a form of political and aesthetic resistance to neo-classism and capitalism. Meckseper, expresses through cinema the dramatic narratives and relationships contained within the universe of her glass and mirror vitrines, and recalls one of her earliest video works from 1992 on the Rodney king Riots.
© Josephine Meckseper. Courtesy of Timothy Taylor, London and New York