LA video artist Stanya Kahn enjoys first major European solo show at Cornerhouse

By Mark Sheerin | 12 July 2012
Film still showing a bandaged woman in a hospital gown
Stanya Kahn, It's Cool, I'm Good (2010). Flm still© Stanya Kahn
Exhibition: Stanya Kahn - It's Cool, I'm Good, Cornerhouse, Manchester, until September 16

Stanya Kahn’s first major solo show in Europe comes with a cinematic trailer which reminds viewers that, like the American film industry, this performance to video artist is based in LA. She has quite extensive listings on IMDB and her films can run to more than half an hour.

But the pleasures of this show’s eponymous film are quite different from those of mainstream cinema. Sly humour, confusion and voyeurism are not the ingredients of a blockbuster. Nor would be a soundtrack by a punk band which goes by the name of The F***emos.

Seven new and recent films comprise Kahn’s latest show along with more than 30 drawings and new commission Who Do You Think You Are. The Californian artist has clearly lost no time in building up a significant body of work since parting ways with long-time collaborator Harry Dodge.

Equally happy on both sides of the camera now, Kahn even moves away from performance and into documentary with Kathy and Sandra, a film in which she merely interviews her best friend and her mother. Elsewhere, in Arms are Overrated, her stars are a pair of paper puppets, but Pixar need not be worried.

  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-8pm (6pm Sunday, closed Monday). Admission free.

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